Despite Trump’s Order, for Many Families the Nightmare Is Just Beginning

When President Trump signed his executive order on family separation on Wednesday, he proclaimed, “We are keeping families together and this will solve that problem.” But while the order may stop the prolonged, forcible separation of children from their families going forward, it by no means solves the problem.

More than 2,300 children have been taken away from their parents and sent to shelters, facilities and foster families all across the country, with seemingly no clear tracking mechanism. The executive order does not say anything about the plan to reunite these families, and the administration confirmed that it will not be making any special efforts to do so. We will be monitoring the administration’s actions to see if family separations really stop. 

Some of the parents of these children have already been deported. Some of these children are too young to talk, and may not even know what countries they are from or what their parents’ names are. Most don’t speak English and some don’t speak any languages that are widely used in this country.

The trauma that has been inflicted on these families is irreparable, and it is going to be a logistical nightmare to undo it. And the saddest part is that it didn’t need to happen.

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This was a crisis the Trump administration chose to create, and it was supported by many of his political allies as a means of pushing through his cruel, anti-immigrant agenda.

Wednesday’s executive order, while purporting to stop future family separation, calls for families to be detained together, which was this administration’s goal from the get-go. The Trump administration would have liked to simply detain everyone who crosses the border, children or otherwise, but was unable to because the United States has protections in place that prevent the prolonged detention of children.

In April, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his “zero tolerance policy,” calling for every adult who crosses the border anywhere other than a port of entry to be prosecuted, the administration said it was forced to separate children from their families.

As the crisis mounted, President Trump falsely blamed the Democrats for creating it, and falsely claimed he had no choice but to separate families.

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Only after our lawsuit — and when more than 2,300 children, many of them infants and toddlers, were torn from their parents, prompting an explosion of national outrage that included grassroots mobilizations, every living first lady, airlines, corporate CEOs, the pope, evangelicals, the bishops, every major medical group and children’s group in the country — did the president back down and issue an executive order calling a halt to the practice.

But with it, he paved the way to begin a massive internment of families who come to the United States seeking asylum. There are numerous pieces of legislation on immigration moving in Congress that would remove protections for children in detention. We plan to fight them every step of the way. If the president thinks placing families in jail indefinitely is what people have been asking for, he is grossly mistaken.

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Susana

I know my people, and they will make this govenment pay of all their bills forever!

Susana

Protect my speech and don't block me for saying the truth.

Anonymous

I thought you were going to talk about the Nightmare many families whose kids are stuck in the Wirt Mddle School in PG County, MD are facing. Silly me! Of course you don't care about children who are US Citizens - especially black ones. Who cares if cach and release immigration policies lead to MS-13 sneaking their members in and terrorizing a school full of children. They are only black children. It's not like they are taking and using violence to recruit white, liberal, kids.

SgrA*

I gather then, that your are 100% behind the "Black Lives Matter," groundswell to protect young black men from getting shot by police for little or no reason?

Anonymous

If there really is no reason then yes. Very often there was a reason. I have noticed that the more legitimate the case against the police is the less the shooting gets hyped. For example, Walter Scott's shooting got very little press and there was almost no way to justify that shooting (I rarely rule something out completely). In contrast, the police had very strong reasons (including a bullet hole in the car window) to assume Antwon Rose was armed and dangerous yet that shooting is getting tons of press. A better strategy would be for BLM to use shootings like Walter Scott to make their case. Portraying Antwon Rose as anything but dangerous damages their credibility.

Anonymous

I would be prosecuted for unauthorized entry if I didn't use an designated POE to the enter the US, and I would very likely lose my Global Entry membership if I was caught. And, this even applies to all aircraft and boats entering the US or approaching the ADIZ

SgrA*

If there was ever a secret 'Trump code' for getting out of trouble when caught, just say FDR held office for 16 years and you'd pass. And in the case of aircraft and boats, "covfefe" always works for entry.

Anonymous

The ACLU has been our nation's guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Everyone including Donald J. Trump. You have just lost a donor. The first amendment is #1 for a reason. Do what your founders intended for you to do. https://www.aclu.org/guardians-freedom

Gerald H. Johnson

CHILDREN IN PRISON, NO INSPECTORS IN NORTH KOREA, PUERTO US CITIZENS STILL WITH OUR ELECTRICITY, TRADE WARS, AND THE BEAT GOES ON. WE MUST CHANGE THIS GOVERNMENT OR WE WILL PERISH .

Anonymous

How about we send you off to be an inspector in North Korea? I would recommend not giving a bad report while you are in that country.

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