Categories for Children

20,717. 11/25/2018

BORDER CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/MEDIA/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: [email protected] did a phony story about child separation when they know we had the exact same policy as the Obama Administration. In fact a picture of children in jails was used by other Fake Media to show how bad (cruel) we are, but it was in 2014 during O years. Obama separated….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 25, 2018 8:59 pm

20,636. 11/21/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Corporate lawyers at Paul Weiss, a prestigious Manhattan law firm, often spend their days scouring the fine print of client documents and government regulations. But for the past few months, they have been on a different search. In the firm’s Midtown offices, about 75 lawyers have been trying to find more than 400 parents who were separated from their families at the southern border this year and then deported without their children. Paul Weiss, where partners charge more than $1,000 an hour and clients include the National Football League and Citigroup, is looking for these parents, pro bono, as part of a federal American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against the Trump administration over its family separation policy. Big Law — a nexus of power where partners are often plucked for top government posts — has emerged as a fierce, and perhaps unexpected, antagonist to President Trump’s immigration agenda. While pro bono work is nothing new, over the past two years, major law firms have become more vocal and visible in pushing back against the administration’s policies.”

Annie Correal, “Why Big Law Is Taking On Trump Over Immigration,” The New York Times online, November 21, 2018

20,582. 11/19/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The head of the Trump administration’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, which was criticized for its role overseeing shelters for unaccompanied immigrant minors, is leaving his post. The Department of Health and Human Services says Scott Lloyd will move to a new role at the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives. Lloyd says in a statement he has ‘valued’ time at the refugee office, but is excited to take on a new challenge. Thousands of migrant children were forcibly separated from their parents under the administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy. Trump signed an order ending the policy amid outcry, but the government struggled to reunite families.”

The Associated Press, “Trump’s Refugee Director Changing Jobs,” The New York Times online, November 19, 2018

19,645. 10/15/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “More than 200 children from separated undocumented immigrant families remain in US custody, officials said in a court filing Monday [10-15-18] night. Most of the 245 children in custody have parents who were removed from the United States — 175 children, according to the latest government tally. Of those, only 18 children are currently in the pipeline to reunite with their parents in their countries of origin, according to court documents. Deported parents of 125 kids in custody have said they don’t want their children to be returned to the countries of origin. And there are 32 children in government custody for whom the American Civil Liberties Union has not yet provided notice of whether parents want to reunify or decline reunification, officials said. An additional approximately 70 children who remain in custody include 27 whose parents are in the US but have chosen not to be reunified with their children, as well as 26 whose parents have been deemed unfit to be reunified. That tally also includes 13 children the US government is working to discharge who have parents in the US. The government says three other children can’t be reunited with parents who are in the US at this time because there are red flags for safety or a parent is in criminal detention.”

Catherine E. Shoichet, “More than 200 children from separated immigrant families remain in US custody,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, October 15, 2018 8:27 am

19,627. 10/13/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday [10-13-18] that separating migrant families at the border could deter illegal immigration and that he was considering several options to tighten border security. In June, Trump abandoned his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad. But some Trump administration officials have said the policy, under which some 2,600 children were separated from their parents, was needed to secure the border and deter illegal immigration. Trump seemed to support that argument on Saturday.”

David Shepardson, “Trump says family separations deter illegal immigration,” Reuters, October 13, 2018 5:44 pm

19,616. 10/13/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/MELANIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “First lady Melania Trump said she was ‘blindsided’ by the administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy that led to family separations at the southern border and it prompted her unannounced visit there in June…Asked if she disagreed with the administration’s zero-tolerance policy, Trump said, ‘Yes and I let him (the President) know. ‘I didn’t know that that policy would come out. I was blindsided by it. I told him at home, and I said to him that I feel that’s unacceptable, and he felt the same’…Trump also addressed questions about a controversial jacket she wore during her visit to the border. The jacket, which on the back stated ‘I really don’t care, do u?’ was intended to send a message, Trump said in the ABC News interview, despite her spokeswoman’s claim at the time that it was ‘just a jacket.’ Trump said the jacket was aimed at people and left-wing media that criticize her.”

Betsy Klein and Sophie Tatum, “Melania Trump: ‘I was blindsided’ by zero tolerance immigration policy,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, October 13, 2018 5:15 am

19,609. 10/12/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DHS/IMMIGRATION/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is considering ways to deter a soaring number of families arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border — including once again separating parents and children, three current and former Homeland Security Department officials told POLITICO. If parents and children are separated, parents will have a say, the officials emphasized. Under a 90-day pilot program, parents seeking asylum would be given a ‘binary choice’ to be detained with their children through the course of their immigration proceedings or to send their children to a shelter where they can be released to a sponsor…But another DHS official called binary choice ‘another Trump administration special’ that appears geared toward manufacturing a crisis. ‘They look at a bunch of options and think how can they drive up the chaos,’ the official said. The Washington Post first reported Friday on the potential plan to discourage migrants through the choice of detention or separation. Arrests of family members at the southwest border rose nearly 30 percent in September compared with the previous month, according to preliminary figures obtained by POLITICO. Border Patrol arrested approximately 16,500 family members in September — the highest monthly total since such record keeping began in 2012.”

Ted Hesson, “Trump administration considers family separation option as border arrests soar,” Politico, October 12, 2018 7:59 pm

19,497. 10/9/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/GOP/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In the Utah Senate debate Tuesday [10-9-18] night, GOP candidate Mitt Romney called family separations at the border ‘a dark chapter in American history,’ and said that “this is inexcusable, and can’t go on’…Romney faces off in November against Democratic opponent Jenny Wilson, a member of the Salt Lake County Commission. In May, the Trump administration announced a policy where authorities would criminally prosecute anyone who crossed the border illegally. This meant that undocumented immigrants who faced prosecution were held in federal prisons, where their children couldn’t be with them. Previous administrations largely opted not to pursue criminal charges against people who crossed illegally with children, and instead mostly referred them to immigration courts. After overwhelming pushback and intense pressure from across the political spectrum, Trump reversed course and signed an executive order in June to stop the separation of families at the border.”

Kate Sullivan, “Mitt Romney: Family separations at border a ‘dark chapter in American history’,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, October 9, 2018 10:44 pm

19,258. 10/2/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DHS/IMMIGRATION/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration crackdown at the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year was plagued by a lack of preparation, resource shortfalls and communication failures, according to a government audit released on Tuesday [10-2-18]. The review, conducted by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General, is the first official audit of President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, criminally prosecuting parents and sending their children to shelters and foster homes across the country. Trump administration officials have said the policy, under which some 2,600 children were separated from their parents, was needed to secure the border and deter illegal immigration. Trump was forced to end the policy after widespread public furor over the separations and the chaotic way in which they were conducted, with hundreds of parents deported without their children.”

Yeganeh Torbati, “Lack of prep plagued Trump’s child separation border policy: watchdog,” Reuters, October 2, 2018 10:05 am

18,888. 9/18/2018

CHILDREN/DHS/IMMIGRATION/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Trump administration officials told a Senate panel on Tuesday [9-18-18] that a decades-old court ruling that limits the length of time migrant children can be detained hampers the government’s ability to stem illegal immigration, and needs to be amended by Congress. The officials, from the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, said the 1997 consent decree known as the Flores agreement had encouraged hundreds of thousands of migrants to illegally cross the southwestern border with their children, knowing that they will not be detained if they are traveling with minors. Under the court agreement, migrant children cannot be detained for more than 20 days…Joseph Edlow, an acting deputy assistant attorney general, said modifying the court agreement would ‘cut off one of the pull-factors’ for migrants coming to the United States from Central American countries. The hearing comes nearly two weeks after the Trump administration proposed a new regulation to allow the government to sidestep the decree and detain children with their parents while their cases are being considered by immigration courts.”

Ron Nixon, “Trump Officials Urge End of Time Limits on Detaining Migrant Children,” The New York Times online, September 18, 2018

18,716. 9/13/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/LAWSUITS/TRUMP AS PRESDIENT: “President Donald Trump’s administration has agreed to reconsider the asylum claims of some 1,000 immigrant parents and children who were separated at the U.S. border as part of a deal to settle lawsuits over his ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy. The settlement, detailed in court documents late on Wednesday [9-12-18], represented a victory for rights groups that challenged Trump’s contentious family separation policy that was aimed at deterring illegal immigration. If approved by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego, immigrant parents and their children will get a second chance to apply for asylum even if U.S. authorities previously rejected their claims that they faced a ‘credible fear of persecution or torture’ if sent back to their home countries. More than 1,000 people will be eligible to apply again for asylum under the settlement, according to Muslim Advocates, one of the rights groups that sued the administration. The family separations and the detention of thousands of children, mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, prompted widespread condemnation of Trump’s policy. About 2,500 children and parents were separated before Trump abandoned the policy in June. Days later, a federal judge ordered the families reunited, a process that is still incomplete.”

Tom Hals, “U.S. to reconsider asylum for separated immigrant families,” Reuters, September 13, 2018 6:12 am

18,680. 9/12/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Even though hundreds of children separated from their families after crossing the border have been released under court order, the overall number of detained migrant children has exploded to the highest ever recorded — a significant counternarrative to the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce the number of undocumented families coming to the United States. Population levels at federally contracted shelters for migrant children have quietly shot up more than fivefold since last summer, according to data obtained by The New York Times, reaching a total of 12,800 this month. There were 2,400 such children in custody in May 2017. The huge increases, which have placed the federal shelter system near capacity, are due not to an influx of children entering the country, but a reduction in the number being released to live with families and other sponsors, the data collected by the Department of Health and Human Services suggests…The new data was reported to members of Congress, who shared it with The Times. It shows that despite the Trump administration’s efforts to discourage Central American migrants, roughly the same number of children are crossing the border as in years past. The big difference, said those familiar with the shelter system, is that red tape and fear brought on by stricter immigration enforcement have discouraged relatives and family friends from coming forward to sponsor children. Shelter capacities have hovered close to 90 percent since at least May, compared to about 30 percent a year ago. Any new surge in border crossings, which could happen at any time, could quickly overwhelm the system, operators say.”

Caitlin Dickerson, “Detention of Migrant Children Has Skyrocketed to Highest Levels Ever,” The New York Times online, September 12, 2018

18,536. 9/6/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration on Thursday [9-6-18] moved to abandon a longstanding court settlement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept locked up, proposing new regulations that would allow the government to detain families until their immigration cases are decided. Homeland Security officials said that ending the so-called Flores agreement of 1997 will speed up the handling of asylum requests while also deterring people from illegally crossing the Mexican border. The move angered immigrant rights advocates and is all but certain to trigger a court battle…The Flores agreement requires the government to keep children in the least restrictive setting possible and to release them generally after 20 days in detention. For decades, because of those restrictions, many parents and children caught trying to slip into the country have been released into the U.S. while their asylum requests wind their way through the courts — a practice President Donald Trump has decried as ‘catch-and-release.'”

The Associated Press, “Trump Administration Moves to Detain Migrant Families Longer,” The New York Times online, September 6, 2018

18,514. 9/6/2018

CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/LAWSUIT/MENTAL HEALTH/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The US government should cover mental health treatment costs for immigrant children who officials separated from their parents, a new lawsuit argues. The class-action lawsuit, filed by a group of lawyers in federal court this week, also seeks unspecified damages for children affected by the Trump administration’s now-reversed zero tolerance policy at the border. The trauma the children and their families experienced, the suit argues, ‘was life altering and it will continue to affect their mental and emotional well-being for years to come.’ The suit, which was filed Wednesday [9-5-18] in US District Court in Massachusetts, comes as officials continue efforts to comply with a California federal court’s order to reunite families the government separated, including some families who were split up before the zero-tolerance policy began.”

Catherine E. Shoichet, “Separated families are suing the Trump administration over mental health treatment costs,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, September 6, 2018 11:01 am

18,110. 8/23/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Lawyers for the U.S. government and families separated by border officials after they entered the United States from Mexico said 37 more children have been freed from federal custody in the last week, as both sides work out means to enable children to seek asylum. In a Thursday [8-23-18] court filing, the lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego to let them try to work out disputed issues overnight, ahead of a scheduled Friday [8-24-18] afternoon hearing. Sabraw oversees the process for reuniting 2,551 children ages 5 to 17 with their parents. He has emphasized the need to move with ‘all due speed’ in reuniting families and addressing asylum issues, while avoiding premature deportations. The families had been separated under President Donald Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy toward illegal immigrants. Trump ended that policy on June 20 after widespread global criticism. According to Thursday’s filing, 505 children ages 5 to 17 remain separated and under care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, down from 541 a week earlier. Another 23 under age 5 also remained in federal care, one fewer than a week earlier. More than 2,100 children have been discharged from federal custody, mainly through reunifications with their parents.”

Jonathan Stempel, “Progress reported in uniting migrant families separated by U.S.,” Reuters, August 23, 2018 4:55 pm

17,900. 8/16/2018

CHILDREN/ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump White House is planning an event next week to honor federal immigration agents — even as more than 500 migrant children remain separated from their parents after being separated at the border. The ‘Salute to the Heroes of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs [and] Border Protection’ is scheduled for Aug. 20 in the East Room, an administration official confirmed, in the latest signal that the Trump administration anticipates the midterm fallout from its zero-tolerance border policy very differently from its critics. The ceremony is ready-made to provoke ire from opponents of the zero tolerance policy, some of whom have called for ICE’s abolition…But many immigration advocates believe the family separation drama of recent months is more likely to hurt rather than help congressional Republicans in November. Frank Sharry, executive director of the pro-immigration America’s Voice, said initially he worried Trump and the Republicans would broadcast their hard-line immigration views in the run-up to the midterms. Now, he said, he feels ‘nearly gleeful’ in welcoming it.”

Ted Hesson, “White House to honor ICE ‘heroes’ after family separation fiasco,” Politico, August 16, 2018 6:39 pm

17,866. 8/15/2018

CHILDREN/DHS/HHS/IMMIGRATION/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Department of Health and Human Services is not taking responsibility for unaccompanied minors once they’re placed with sponsors, according to a Senate subcommittee report released Wednesday [8-15-18], an issue the subcommittee’s Republican chairman called an ‘incredibly difficult issue’…The report found that Health and Human Services had failed to establish rules to protect unaccompanied minors and provides recommendations for improving the system to ensure these children are properly cared for and protected. For example, from October to December 2017, out of 7,635 attempted phone calls to find unaccompanied minors placed with sponsors, HHS found 28 ‘had run away’ and couldn’t determine the whereabouts of 1.475 unaccompanied minors. The report also found the Department of Justice currently has 355 immigration judges handling all the immigration court cases, but has the authority to hire 129 more judges. The current median wait time for an unaccompanied minor is 480 days. The report notes that while HHS and the Department of Homeland Security have taken steps to improve the care of unaccompanied minors, major issues exist that leave the children at risk for trafficking and abuse. The report also found that lot of the problems started in the Obama administration and continued into the Trump administration.”

Daniella Diaz, “Senate report finds issues with Trump administration handling of unaccompanied minors,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 15, 2018 5:01 pm

17,823. 8/14/2018

CHILDREN/DHS/HHS/IMMIGRATION/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The government has made only incremental improvements to its troubled efforts to care for thousands of migrant children detained entering the U.S. without their parents, perpetuating a problem the Trump administration has aggravated with its ‘zero tolerance’ immigration crackdown, a bipartisan Senate report said Wednesday [8-15-18]. The 52-page study said no federal agency takes responsibility for making sure children aren’t abused or used in human trafficking once the government places them with sponsors, who sometimes aren’t their parents or close relatives. Immigration judges are ordering the deportation of growing proportions of these children partly because the government does little to ensure they get to court, and officials haven’t provided sufficient mental health services for some of them, the report said…DHS, HHS and the Justice Department said in a joint statement that the report ‘misses an opportunity to address decades of congressional inaction’ that has spurred the influx of unaccompanied children. They faulted the report for ‘erroneously’ saying Trump had worsened the problem and accused lawmakers of ignoring problems like immigrants joining gangs and smuggling and trafficking by criminal organizations.”

Alan Fram, “Senate study faults government care of migrant children,” The Associated Press, August 14, 2018

17,558. 8/2/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/COURT/IMMIGRANT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. government told a federal court judge on Thursday [8-2-18] that volunteers and non-profit groups, rather than government officials, should take the lead in locating more than 400 immigrant parents who were separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border and deported from the United States. The proposal came in a San Diego Federal Court lawsuit challenging some 2,500 family separations initiated by the Trump administration as part of its ‘zero tolerance’ policy to curb illegal immigration. In the case, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the government to reunify the families by July 26, but that deadline was not fully met. While more than 1,900 children have been reunited with their families, or seen their cases resolved in other ways, hundreds remain separated, including the children of more than 400 parents no longer in the United States, according to the government’s latest filing. In its plan for reuniting those families, filed with the court on Thursday, attorneys from the Department of Justice said that the government would supply what information it had about the deported parents to the plaintiffs’ attorneys…The ACLU has repeatedly said that it would assist with efforts to find the deported parents, but the group made clear in Thursday’s filing that it expected the U.S. government to bear ultimate responsibility for locating them.”

Tom Hals, “U.S. wants help finding parents deported without their children,” Reuters, August 2, 2018 7:03 pm

17,533. 8/2/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/IVANKA: “President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump came out Thursday [8-2-18] against the family separations that resulted from her father’s zero-tolerance policy for illegal immigration, calling them a ‘low point’ of her White House tenure thus far…The Trump administration last week reunited at least 1,442 children with their parents, though 2,551 children were identified as separated from a parent at the border. An additional 378 were connected with parents or sponsors in the U.S. or turned 18 while in custody. Undocumented migrant children and parents had been separated at the southern border as a result of a Trump administration policy mandating that all people crossing the border illegally be referred for criminal prosecution. Under withering criticism over the policy, the president later signed an executive order to end the practice. Ivanka Trump has often been called a champion for children and parents due to her involvement and advocacy for paid-family leave. The president’s daughter, however, was mum on commenting about the separations as they were ongoing.”

Rebessa Morin, “Ivanka Trump on family separation: ‘That was a low point for me’,” Politico, August 2, 2018 10:14 am

17,481. 7/31/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/ICE/IMMIGRATION/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official declined repeatedly at a congressional hearing Tuesday [7-31-18] to say whether the agency can document that migrant parents captured at the border and deported under the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy were given the opportunity to take their children. At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) quizzed Matthew Albence, executive associate director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations arm, about a July 25 POLITICO article that reported up to 75 percent of deported migrant parents may never have granted consent for their children to stay behind in the U.S. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has repeatedly insisted that all migrant parents who are deported are given the opportunity to leave with their children. ‘The parents always have the choice to take the children with them,’ Nielsen told Fox News last week. ‘These are parents who have made the decision not to bring the children with them.’ But ‘we don’t see it in the documentation,’ a Trump administration official told POLITICO last week. While the administration said in a court filing last week that it had reunited or released to sponsors more than 1,800 children in its custody, it still faces the daunting task of joining hundreds of children with parents who were deported.”

Ted Hesson, “Senators grill Trump official on whether deported parents agreed to leave children behind,” Politico, July 31, 2018 4:44 pm

17,477. 7/31/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/CONGRESS/DHS/ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “As lawmakers grilled them at a congressional hearing Tuesday [7-31-18], Trump administration officials defended their efforts to reunite thousands of immigrant families that the government separated. And one top immigration official told lawmakers that family detention centers are ‘more like summer camp.’ Asked at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to describe the so-called family residential centers where kids and parents are held, the head of enforcement and removal for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the facilities are ‘more like a summer camp’ than a jail…But lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were sharply critical of the family separations and pressed officials to explain what went wrong. Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said he was disturbed by reports that parents were deported without their children without understanding paperwork they’d signed…Sen. Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, called family separations a ‘humanitarian disaster’ and called for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to step down.”

Catherine E. Shoichet, “Trump administration defends family detention centers: ‘More like summer camp’,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, July 31, 2018 2:06 pm

17,381. 7/27/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DHS/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “For months, federal immigration officials along the 268-mile stretch of border that separates New Mexico and West Texas from Mexico had been testing a policy of separating migrant parents from their children. What they didn’t plan for was how to reunite them. When a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to reconnect more than 2,600 children separated from their families after a national outcry, the two government agencies in charge—the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services—didn’t have a firm grip on the number of children involved or exactly where they were. There was no unified tracking system to follow the location of parents and children. Computer systems couldn’t communicate. Children as young as a few months old were sent sometimes thousands of miles away from parents in federal custody with no means to get in touch. Health and Human Services, which was already caring for thousands of other migrant children apprehended crossing the border on their own, had to manually sort through nearly 12,000 case records to figure out which were covered by the court order…The chaos surrounding the mammoth reunification task, which had little precedent and no single playbook, shows what happens on the ground when an administration makes or reverses policy on the fly. Immigration lawyers and social workers who have long interacted with the government said they have rarely before seen such disorder among federal agencies.”

-Nour Malas and Alicia A. Caldwell, “Inside the Trump Administration’s Chaotic Effort to Reunite Migrant Families,” The Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2018 12:38 pm

17,368. 7/27/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Immigrant advocacy groups are gearing up to track down more than 400 parents who were separated from their children and deported without them. The challenge is so daunting that government attorneys have bristled every time it’s come up in court. And now a number of nonprofit groups say they’re prepared to join in a massive search…Already, some devastated parents are coming forward, desperate to be reunited with their kids, according to advocacy groups. But there are hundreds whose whereabouts are unknown. Here’s a look at some of the key issues at play — and major hurdles complicating the process: The government has said parents deported without their kids consented to that. Advocates aren’t so sure. According to the latest government statistics, some 430 parents from separated families were likely deported without their kids. Officials maintain that before that happened, the parents consented…Some parents are likely living in remote areas hard to reach. And some might be afraid to come forward…Once they’re located, the logistics of coordinating reunions could take months…Deported parents who’ve come forward so far are devastated and don’t know where to turn, advocates say.”

Catherine E. Shoichet, “The next family separation crisis: Finding hundreds of deported parents,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, July 27, 2018 9:35 am

17,353. 7/26/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The federal government was rushing on Thursday [7-26-18] to reunite the last 1,634 migrant families separated at the Southwest border who have been deemed ‘eligible’ for reunification, in the final hours of a court-ordered scramble to reverse a contentious immigration policy that drew international condemnation. While the government appeared to be on track to meet Thursday’s deadline, its work to address the effects of family separation is far from over. The parents who were deemed eligible for reunification represent only about a third of all those who were separated from their children after crossing the border, a practice that began last summer and escalated in May. At least 917 other parents were not cleared to recover their children this week because they failed criminal background or parental verification checks. About 460 others appeared to have been deported without their children, and the government has yet to find them. Their futures, along with those of about 37 children whose parents have not yet been identified, remain uncertain.”

Caitlin Dickerson, Annie Correal and Mitchell Ferman, “With Deadline Hours Away, Authorities Scramble to Reunite Migrant Families,” The New York times online, July 26, 2018