The Truth About Family Separation at the Border

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The detention of illegal child immigrants is nothing new. It was the practice under George Bush and Barack Obama.

The story Americans are being told by the media isn’t true.

National Review’s Rich Lowry explains the truth about the Children being held in detention centers:

Separation happens only if officials find that the adult is falsely claiming to be the child’s parent, or is a threat to the child, or is put into criminal proceedings.

It’s the last that is operative here. The past practice had been to give a free pass to an adult who is part of a family unit. The new Trump policy is to prosecute all adults. The idea is to send a signal that we are serious about our laws and to create a deterrent against re-entry. (Illegal entry is a misdemeanor, illegal re-entry a felony.)

When a migrant is prosecuted for illegal entry, he or she is taken into custody b y the U.S. Marshals. In no circumstance anywhere in the U.S. do the marshals care for the children of people they take into custody. The child is taken into the custody of HHS, who cares for them at temporary shelters.

The criminal proceedings are exceptionally short, assuming there is no aggravating factor such as a prior illegal entity or another crime. The migrants generally plead guilty, and they are then sentenced to time served, typically all in the same day, although practices vary along the border. After this, they are returned to the custody of ICE.

If the adult then wants to go home, in keeping with the expedited order of removal that is issued as a matter of course, it’s relatively simple. The adult should be reunited quickly with his or her child, and the family returned home as a unit. In this scenario, there’s only a very brief separation.

Where it becomes much more of an issue is if the adult files an asylum claim. In that scenario, the adults are almost certainly going to be detained longer than the government is allowed to hold their children.That’s because of something called the Flores Consent Decree from 1997. It says that unaccompanied children can be held only 20 days. A ruling by the Ninth Circuit extended this 20-day limit to children who come as part of family units. So even if we want to hold a family unit together, we are forbidden from doing so.

The clock ticking on the time the government can hold a child will almost always run out before an asylum claim is settled. The migrant is allowed ten days to seek an attorney, and there may be continuances or other complications.

This creates the choice of either releasing the adults and children together into the country pending the adjudication of the asylum claim, or holding the adults and releasing the children. If the adult is held, HHS places the child with a responsible party in the U.S., ideally a relative (migrants are likely to have family and friends here).

Hillary is misinforming the public. This law has been in place since the 1990s. It reached crisis levels under Bush and, by not changing the law, it has encouraged parents to take their children on the arduous journey or to send them alone. They always come with cartels and some are sex trafficked.

DHS IS TRYING TO GET THE TRUTH OUT

While our DHS secretary is trying to get the information out, the media is lying. And, they are calling her a liar!

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  1. There’s one thing that’s been overlooked in this discussion. What is and has been the end result of these policies. It has to do with refugees and resettlement. There is a “growing industry” related to the resettlement of these asylum seekers. The Federal Government pays institutions a per head fee for everyone they take in. This program amounts to Billions and the current policy of this Administration is not allowing the influx which costs the recipients of the programs to “lose money”. They have complained they could “go out of business” if the policy continues.

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