Published: Sat, June 02, 2018

Ivanka Trump Says, 'Ignore the Trolls' After Controversy Over Photo With Son

Ivanka Trump Says, 'Ignore the Trolls' After Controversy Over Photo With Son

He blames the previous administration of president Barack Obama for the separation policy, as well as Democrats in Congress, despite the Republicans' majority.

Where does the 1,500 number come from? Referencing recent reports about the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) being unable to track down almost 1,500 unaccompanied alien children (UACs), and hundreds of illegal immigrant parents being separated from their children at the border, CNN asked the deep question: How could a mother so heartlessly share an image in which she is seen embracing her son?

"The Unaccompanied Alien Children Program was never intended, however, to be a foster-care system with more than 10,000 children in custody, which is the case today, at an immediate cost to the federal taxpayer of over $1 billion a year".

Is it true that the federal government lost the almost 1,500 immigrant children? Vox spoke with an immigration expert to discuss this process, Jennifer Podkul. Of those minors, 6,075 remained with their sponsors - relatives or foster families, mostly - 28 had run away, five were removed from the USA, 52 had moved to live with a non-sponsor, and 1,475 were unaccounted for.

If the proposed rule takes effect, minors who are separated from their parents will be more unprotected than ever, because there will be fewer guardians willing to take these children.

It is true that Democrats have been united in opposing most of the administration's immigration efforts, but they are not alone in rejecting some of the proposals. That gets into the crux of the confusion: It seems that some on social media and other outlets are conflated these two issues regarding migration at the southern border.

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in May that the administration would begin federally prosecuting all people who cross the border illegally, including asylum seekers, he flatly stated that this would result in children getting "separated" from their parents. Hundreds of families have been separated since then. Under U.S. protocol, if parents are jailed, their children would be separated from them.

Earlier this month, Homeland Security Secretary Kristen Nielson ordered federal prosecution against anyone caught crossing the border illegally: Meaning that adults traveling with children are now being separated once they are detained because children can not be held in adult jails. But the Department of Homeland Security said last month that the practice is not a deterrence mechanism and is done to protect minor children's "best interests" if the department can not confirm a parental relationship or if they think the child is otherwise in danger.


Immigrant-rights activists counter that the zero tolerance policy itself is inhumane, and illegal immigrants who come as families shouldn't be detained at all, much less face criminal charges. Congress appointed the organization as the independent advocate for vulnerable children at the border.

In the past two years, the number of beds available for long-term foster care for migrant children has doubled to almost 600, USA officials say.

The real Trump policy of forced family separation is cruel enough.

Turns out, the policy of separating families trying to cross the border illegally isn't a law in itself.

Actually, the policy in question was enacted by his own administration. Others seized on reports the government had "lost" more than 1,000 children, though that wasn't quite the case. These documents date from 2009-2014. "HHS's primary legal responsibility is to temporarily house and then release the UAC", Steven Wagner, acting assistant assistant secretary at the Administration for Children and Families, told reporters in a Tuesday briefing.

The Department of Homeland Security is preparing to publish its monthly report on the amount of border-crossing arrests made in May.

Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog, a reported opinion blog with a liberal slant - what you might call "opinionated reporting" from the left. He also received a presidential recommendation for a job with the Paris fire department.

Favreau said Tuesday he later deleted the tweet after social media users pointed out that the photos were taken during the Obama administration.

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