They started 0 tolerance with no tracking system. They didn't count the kids they took. They literally didn't write down their parents names. They took ~300 children UNDER FIVE and 5200 5+ from their parents without making note of who arrived with kids.
* Correction - 300 of the 1500 recently disclosed were under 5. Many more than 300 of the 5500 total were under 5.
If we assume that ratio is about equal among all separations, there have been around 1100 babies and small children, under 5, separated before, during and after 0 tolerance. Not including newborns taken from their mothers in the hospital if a relative couldn't come forward.
And by the way, for those of you who know children under 5, how many of them know their parents' legal names? What percentage do you think can tell you an address or phone number?
If you want to stay focused, give me a follow and stick around. I’ve been painting daily quotes from people detained at the border for over 100 days now. There are things to be done but we need to not look away.
I'm so thankful that this has blown up, it's important that we both see and continue to look. There have been a number of times this reached public consciousness, but it keeps happening because we lose track. Please follow me and stick around. #DontLookAway
I'm going to mute this thread for now because I guess I have to work 😂 If you want something to do right now, check out my pinned tweet. RT a painting and tag your reps. New paintings every day- tag them every day. These kids can't forget, so we can't either.
One last addendum from this article -

The 5400 or so families separated are *only parents and legal guardians*. That doesn't include kids taken from other family members, including older siblings/aunts/grandparents if the relative wasn't the LG.
That is a HUGE distinction, because lots of the declarations explain that a relative is trying to bring the child to a parent in the US, or the relative is the primary but not legal caregiver of the child. They aren't counted in the reported 5400. So many lives torn apart.
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