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Jackson Proskow @JProskowGlobal
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NEW: I just spoke with the former head of US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) – He tells me that he expects hundreds of separated children will never be reunited with their parents. They will be lost in the system. Orphaned by the US Govt'.
He says that during his time at ICE there were rare cases where children could not be reunited with their parents. Separation becomes permanent. This was *before* Trump’s policy that has so far separated 2300+ children from their parents.
He adds there are two separate legal tracks for children and adult migrants who are detained. Adults can be deported within weeks to their home countries, children may be left in the US for years in foster care or with relatives.
"there’s very little that we in the United States can do to deter people who are fleeing this horrific violence in Central America to stop them trying to come here" John Sandweg told me.
“there’s so little that we can do that’s worse than what they are facing” Sandweg says, based on his experience at ICE.
"the federal government is not very good at keeping track of kids and parents.” he says.
"if the administration doesn’t reunify these children very quickly, which is logistically very hard to do, you’re going to have a lot of permanent separations."
"I think we’re going to see hundreds of cases where children are permanently separated from their parents, becoming wards of the United States"
One final thought from the former head of ICE: "I don’t understand why we’re doing this. From a border security perspective this adds nothing to securing our borders”
On child separation, former acting director of ICE John Sandweg said "the other thing that scares me Jackson, is I’m not seeing any signs that this was a planned policy change ... and I think that’s being reflected by these horrific detention facilities"
Transcript of my interview w/former ICE Director, explaining how difficult it is for parents to reunite with their children after being separated in the US.
VIDEO and more details from our interview: Separations of children, parents at U.S. border could be permanent: Former immigration director…
Officials say there is no clear plan for how to reunite thousands of children taken from their parents.…
Steven Wagner, an acting assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services said “We’re still working through the experience of reunifying kids with their parents after adjudication.”
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