Breaking up families: the “zero tolerance” immigration policy
It’s hard to quantify the scale of the abuses committed on America’s southern border — but let’s be clear about something: it was a terrible crime, and can be a permanent blot on this country, ” said Jack Holmes in Esquire. Back in 2018, the Trump administration admitted that it had adopted a policy of separating migrant children in their parents, as part of its”zero tolerance” approach to illegal immigration. A judge ruled the policy prohibited shortly after, and arranged that the children of 2,800 families held in facilities have been reunited with their parents and they were. Now, however, the American Civil Liberties Union has shown that 545 kids, obtained from their parents as part of a secret pilot strategy in 2017, remain with foster families or distant relatives in the US. Their parents had been deported before the court order was made, and due to poor record keeping, they can’t currently be found.
The coverage was incorrect, stated John Daniel Davidson in The Federalist, but this story is not as black and white as it is being painted. According to the Department of Homeland Security, it did actually can trace lots of the parents — but none wanted their child to be shipped back to their own countries of origin,probably El Salvador, Honduras or Guatemala, areas where”poverty and violence are rampant”. A number will have compensated”exorbitant” fees to smugglers to take their kids over the boundary. Their aim was to get them into the comparative safety of America”by any means necessary” –“even though it meant being split” out of them.
Desperate people do desperate things, but those were federally sanctioned”kidnappings”, said Krish Vignarajah in The Baltimore Sun. As the boss of a non-pro?t team that attempts to reunite separated families, I know of too many traumatised children who have been ripped from their parents’ arms, and who go to bed every night not knowing where their parents are. In his defence, Trump likes to point it out was Barack Obama who built”the cages”, said Ruth Marcus in The Washington Post. And it’s true Obama’s tough border policy included incarcerating migrant families But that’s not the same as introducing such a”blatantly barbarous” policy as taking children from their parents and implementing it by these”callous sloppiness” that these kids may never see their parents . Five hundred and forty-?ve of these. “Imagine if these were yours?”