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Fact checking the Trump administration on immigration

Fact checking the Trump administration on immigration”

This kind of nonsense and talking around the subject is par for the course for people like Santorum, but when it comes to forcibly separating over a thousand children from their parents, and physically losing them-this kind of rhetoric should simply not be tolerated.

At the same time, Health and Human Services officials are under scrutiny concerning the treatment of unaccompanied minors who seek to enter the U.S.

Hundreds of children already have been separated from parents who have been arrested since October.

This has been a persistent allegation, but the fact is these 1,475 children arrived at the southwest border on their own and were, in United States government parlance, "unaccompanied alien children" (UACs).

"The loopholes that they fight so hard to protect are the source" of the controversy, said Stephen Miller, the president's top adviser on immigration policy, referring to Democrats.

Early on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), Trump tweeted: "Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama's term showing children from the Border in steel cages".

"This still stems back to Obama's policies", he said. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.), responding to a news report about the administration blaming the Democrats.

'The only two choices for the current administration is to let people in who are seeking asylum - which this (Trump) administration doesn't want to do - or separate parents from children, ' Fresco said.

Even critics of Trump administration policy concede that the children may be OK. Children can not go to jail, so they are transferred to the custody of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Until recently, families suspected of entering the US illegally were permitted to stay together until the case was completed, Time reports.

There is obviously a human cost to separating children - especially young children - from their parents. Children with them are being transferred to HHS, which finds placements for them, often with relatives in the U.S.

'We (in the Obama administration) never thought we would separate the parents and the children, ' Fresco said. Parents who balk at giving their fingerprints to the government could be forced to leave their children in long-term foster care.

"Flores is not supposed to override a parent's choice and have their child sent to a odd facility, ' said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants" Rights Project.

Reports that spread on social media over the weekend mistakenly claimed the government "lost" 1,475 children a year ago, but the most recent data indicate the government is detaining more underage migrants for two months or longer.

Other liberal activists also linked to the Arizona Republic story using the hashtag "WhereAreOurChildren, " which grew out of testimony in April by a federal official that the U.S. government had lost track of almost 1,500 unaccompanied minor children it placed with adult sponsors in the United States. Most of the children came from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala and were fleeing drug cartels, gang violence and domestic abuse, according to government data.

Mr. Wagner said in his congressional testimony and again on Tuesday that the Trump administration tries to follow up on the whereabouts of the children after they have been placed with sponsors, though the government wasn't responsible for them at that point.

Kolb said the federal government should make a greater effort to hold sponsors accountable when the youths fail to attend school or skip immigration court hearings. "That characterization that the kids are missing is incorrect".

"If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law", Sessions declared in speeches in Scottsdale, Ariz., and San Diego on May 7.



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