Via @Slate: "The Office of Refugee Resettlement is preparing for the possibility of another surge in family separations. [...] ORR has modeled a scenario in which the Trump administration’s border policies could require the detention of thousands more immigrant children."
Via @Slate: There are currently about 11,800 children in ORR’s care. #Azar states somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 of those children were separated from their parents at the border. Remainder are children who crossed the border without a parent or guardian.
🚨 Update on our family separation case:
The Trump administration failed to meet the deadline to reunite all kids under 5. We’ve asked the court for specific remedies to ensure this does not happen again.
The administration claims to have reunited 58 children as of today. The government said they would give us notice of a time and place for each reunification so that we could arrange for nonprofits to be onsite to help families and verify reunifications.
That didn't happen.
Not only did the government fail to give notice, we heard reports of troubling situations, including ICE leaving a parent and kids, one of whom is 6 months old, alone at a bus stop.
The government's lack of communication caused hardship for families who have been through enough.
Yesterday, the Trump Administration notified the court that it has identified 102 separated children under the age of five – and that only four of these children were reunited with their parents before the deadline.
The Administration has failed to even identify the parent of one child and has made no effort to contact 12 parents who the Administration itself deported.
Contrary to what HHS Secretary Azar told Congress, many parents of separated children reportedly still do not know where their children are, and their attempts to contact them have been unsuccessful.
José, a man represented by our Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative in his asylum case was today reunited with his son thanks to @ACLU. Here’s how the Trump administration tore apart this family:
1. José fled Honduras with his 3-year-old son because he feared for their lives. The two had rarely been apart, and they came to the country together — with José’s identification and his son’s birth certificate. They presented themselves at a port of entry seeking asylum.
2. Despite the government's insistence that people who present themselves to immigration officials at ports of entry would not be split apart from their children, this, officials took his son away.
Tomorrow is the deadline for the government to reunite 102 separated children under the age of five with their parents.
Today in court, the Trump administration said just over 50 children would be reunited by the deadline. #FamiliesBelongTogether
It's extremely disappointing the government will not be in full compliance with the court order by tomorrow, but the most important thing is that the court will continue to hold the administration's feet to the fire to get these kids reunited with their parents.
A federal judge has stepped in to manage this mess truly of the Trump administration's making.
Make no mistake, we will hold the administration to account until every single child is reunited with his or her parents. #FamiliesBelongTogether
"“We couldn’t do anything about the orders from the U.S. government. I just lived from day to day without any purpose. I felt empty.… I frittered away every day. I don’t remember anything much.… I just felt vacant.”
— Osuke Takizawa, Tanforan Assembly Center, San Bruno"
“We went down Pine Street down to Fillmore to the number 22 streetcar, and he took the 22 streetcar and went to the SP (Southern Pacific) and took the train to San Jose. And that was the last time I saw him.”
After the government was unable to give a precise update on reunification, the judge ordered the Trump administration to produce a list of all kids under 5 whom it forcibly separated from their parents. buzzfeed.com/coralewis/the-…
The administration should stop trying to further prolong the suffering of these families.
Update from Port Isabel Detention Center - THREAD.
I’m struggling with this update as emotions are overwhelming. To see familiar faces smile at seeing me — but to know I don’t bring answers or hope. To hear more stories of horror and despair. Read more... #FamiliesBelongTogether
To many detainees, having someone to care about them means the world. Especially as they’ve lost all they have, including their children. Some, upon learning children are in foster care, fear they’ve lost their children forever. Others still wait to hear their child’s voice.
Others face the dismal process of routine findings of “No credible fear” despite having strong cases and supporting evidence. Oh - and they didn’t have their volunteer lawyers present at the interview.
I was scanning through historic remarks to quote for a thing, when I found this line from President Grant: "I see no subject more national in its character than provision for the safety and welfare of the thousands who leave foreign lands to become citizens of this Republic."
That's from a letter #Grant sent to #Congress in 1872 on #ImmigrationReform (without using the precise term). No surprise he's today's hottest candidate for most under-rated President, right? He's, like, totes progressive.
(THREAD) I think it is more insidious than that. I had a 3 hour conversation with a Trump supporter who showed up at the #FamiliesBelongTogether rally in Ft. Wayne yesterday. Two of us drew him away from the rally to prevent an incident and we eventually went out for pizza.
He gave us the "illegal immigrants" and "permanently separated" talking points from Fox News/Trump. The two of us from the rally checked him with facts. We kept talking and kept it civil. We asked questions and listened to his answers. It dawned on me that we agreed frequently.
I suggested we all go to a local pizza Parlor (@PintandSlice if you're in the Fort, highly recommended). Over the meal (because the two of us were at the rally all day and had gotten hungry), we were talking about all kinds of political points and then sharing stories.
Remember this: Children with representation are 5 times more likely to be successful in their case than children who go to court alone. Representation is often the last line of safety for children vulnerable to exploitation by both a system and a country hostile to their presence
Through our work with unaccompanied children, RAICES stands in these spaces where children are alone as their advocates and we witness the trauma and injustice of hundreds of children being taken from their families.
Simply, children are being taken from their families...
... put into a system not equipped to ensure their safety, & lose access to the representation designed to be their safeguard through this process.
RAICES has seen hundreds of children taken from their families in the last 18 months.
As uplifting as our day of #FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch events is - we have to talk about #MeTooICE and the sexual degradation of prisoners. Trump is traumatizing a generation of people. We must dedicate ourselves to moments of re-unification and lifetimes of healing. #MeToo
The assaults, pregnancies, and degradations must be a part of this conversation. STOP government from separating families, imprisoning children, or sanctioning assault & trauma. We must include not just FREEDOM but HEALING in our demands. #FamiliesBelongTogether#MeToo#MeTooICE
U.S. Citizens - Call Congress and ask them use their oversight authority to #EndFamilySeparation. We must ensure the rights of children and parents are respected, and our legal system is allowed to work. Call- (202)224-3121 to share this important message. #ReuniteFamiliesNow
Some 30,000 people took part in the #familiesbelongtogether march in Washington, D.C. on June 30, 2018. Protesters demanded that the Trump administration reunite immigrant families and end family separations at the border. 📷 @TheAPJournalist
12-year-old Leah, the daughter of undocumented immigrant parents, struggled to hold back tears at the #FamiliesBelongTogether D.C. rally: “I live with the constant fear of losing my mom to deportation... I don't like to live with this fear.”