The Trump administration’s brutal policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border has instigated numerous protests where human rights took to the streets in cities across the U.S. President Trump’s administration confirmed that it had split families who crossed the southern border without immigration documents. Refugees and asylum seekers were cruelly separated from their children, without being told where their kids were being taken, or even when they were going to see them next.
As a consequence of the painful local news stories that highlight the oppression that parents and children face, brought to light a New York Times piece from a month ago, that looks into the disappearance of 1,500 children that were placed in foster care after attempting to cross the border unaccompanied. According to documents reviewed by the American Civil Liberties Union, those children were the victims of emotional and physical abuse, and the U.S. government ”has failed to provide adequate safeguards and humane detention conditions for children in CBP custody.” Customs and Border Protection denies the allegations, claiming that the ACLU report is ”unfounded and baseless”.
Trump’s own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is the one who implemented this inhumane child-separation policy. Sessions claims that“If you’re smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law.” This would, according to the Trump administration, put an end to the ”catch and release” policy, that allows families that seek asylum to stay together while they wait.
This outrageous policy has been widely criticized, not only by Democratic lawmakers like Kamala Harris but also by civil-rights advocates. In spite of all the concern regarding this uncalled-for measure, Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, nonchalantly brushed off all concern, saying that the children separated from their families would be taken care of and ”put into foster care or whatever.” While I understand that illegal immigration is not an answer and should not by any means be accepted as there are immigrants that bring children with them and claim to be the parent hoping that this will spare them from detention, there is NO excuse for brutalizing children and tearing families apart.