Wednesday, 21 Nov 2018

Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation

 President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to solve the issue of family separation at the border. “I didn’t like sight or the feeling of families being separated it’s a problem that’s gone on for many years, too many administrations,” he said.

“We are keeping families together and this will solve that problem. At the time we are keeping a very powerful border and it continues to be a zero tolerance, we have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally,” Mr. Trump said.

The policy keeps in place key components of the administration’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy of prosecuting illegal border crossings along the U.S-Mexico border.  While the administration will continue prosecuting crimes of “improper entry,” the administration will “maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.”

We don’t seem to have any problem with separating American children from their parent or parents when they’ve committed crimes. Why is illegal immigration any different?

The government isn’t acting like Nazis, as MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough claimed. These pictures show a far different reality than has been presented to us thus far.

Yet, these are the children that one MSNBC reporter referred to as “incarcerated.” this “is This is only true in the same sense that hospital patients, too, are not permitted to leave, for their safety.”

Regardless of whether you’re comfortable with this practice, these children are not being held in cages.

The children are given new clothing and shoes, lessons on hygiene and how to operate conveniences they may not have encountered previously, like toilets and a shower.

They have limited access to telephones to call relatives, both in the U.S. and abroad. They receive therapy, both as individuals and in group sessions.  They have access to Playgrounds and have social activities.

These are children who either crossed the border alone or were brought along while their parents committed a federal crime. In that case, they were suborned into breaking the law by their mother and/or father, likely after a dangerous passage to the border that may have involved human trafficking.

 

 

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