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Chaffetz, Kennedy debate safety review of children at the border
The debate over U.S. immigration policy separates families on the border with Mexico heats up on ‘outnumbered.’
While the trombone administration will be hit from the critics for its “zero-tolerance” policy of the separation of children from adults entering illegally the country, the outcry over the Federal government dealing with the sensitive issue of dealing with minors is hardly new.
The Obama administration actually extended the detention of families – usually mothers and their minor children – after a huge increase of Central Americans along the U.S.-Mexican border in the year 2014. The policy has led to a lot of minors detained in different places, in a much-criticized conditions, either with their families or of themselves, when they crossed the border alone.
Videos and photos of the time showed the children in tears, many of them still wear dirty clothes, in prisons, where they were kept with their families. The requirements — ranged from six adult and children’s sleep crammed together on two mattresses laid on concrete floors, the sick, minors, the documented were not in medical care-and in many news accounts and reports from human rights groups.
To argue of the time, the Obama administration officials, you had no choice, but to the implementation of measures to families put off by the entry into the United States illegally. Trump administration officials have similar arguments.
The difference is the trump card of the administration, the child is now away from the parents, who prosecuted for the offense, which often once used as a civil injury. The children are not charged with a crime, and you will be in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services
Presentation at the National Sheriffs’ Association conference in New Orleans on Monday justice Minister Jeff Sessions said, “We don’t want to separate parents from their children.”
But sessions said, word had gotten before Trump became President, that anyone who tries to cross the border with a minor would be given a probability bordering on certainty”, year immunity from prosecution.”
“Word got around this loophole, with predictable results,” sessions said. “The number of foreigners who went illegally with children between our ports of entry from 14,000 to 75,000 — this is a five-fold increase — in just the last four years.”
“We cannot and will not encourage people to bring children by blanket immunity from our laws,” sessions said.
We don’t want to separate parents from their children. If we build the wall, when we adopt legislation, to the end of the lawlessness, we are not in the face of these terrible decisions.
– U.S. attorney General Jeff Sessions
Many immigration experts – including advocates, the self as liberal-leaning – to say that where children are concerned, almost any enforcement-related option is a no-win situation.
“The Obama administration, the strategy was to accelerate the deportation of refugee children, often without a lawyer and the prison-refugee mothers and children as a deterrent,” said Matthew Scours, an immigration lawyer whose client list includes children seeking political asylum. “Yes, Trump the zero-tolerance policy on, but it is not a big departure from what we saw under Obama, as 52 percent of all German länder criminal proceedings for immigration-related crimes, he left the office.”
In late may, the American Civil Liberties Union announced that it had obtained thousands of government documents that showed signs of a “pervasive abuse and neglect of unaccompanied migrant children detained by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection” during the Obama presidency from 2009 to 2014.
“These documents provide an insight into a federal immigration enforcement system marked by brutality and lawlessness,” Mitra Ebadolahi, ACLU Border Litigation project staff attorney, said in a report on the abuse. “All people deserve to treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their residence status and children, especially, deserve special protection.”
(US Border Patrol)
Memories of the horror stories about the treatment of children in detention, and, sometimes, lengthy stays, to have policy debates in the last weeks of the advocates of more strict immigration. Some warn that the pressure for an end to the separation of the children see from their parents, a return of family detention.
“The end of family separation, the hashtag, which is really strange for me, because without separation of the family, one of the standard values of family would be and the hashtag for 2015 was,” Andrew, a lawyer who focuses on civil rights of immigrants, told the Daily Beast.
“Like so much else loaded in immigration, this has hit the government, the weapons, the Obama people, and on the table to leave, on the way out and then she took the weapons and began to shoot, and said, what happened here”. “The previous administration created, and the status of this infrastructure, and refused to demand accountability from the people who were responsible for running it, and now you have your future in the hands of the administration.”
Human Rights Watch documented inhumane conditions in various family detention facilities.
“Women and children must often go without showering, while in these cells, regardless of the length of time they are held,” the report said. “In some cases, holding cells, toilet missing paper or not, provide sanitary pads or tampons for women and girls who are menstruating.”
Charles Kuck, a former President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told Fox News the outcry over the treatment of children arriving at the border is, in some respects, mind-boggling.
The Obama administration, the strategy was to accelerate the deportation of refugee children, often without a lawyer and the prison-refugee mothers and children as a deterrent.
– Matthew Scours, Immigration Lawyer
“This is not new,” said Kuck. “What is new is how we are handling it in public.”
A major reason for the outcry, Kuck said, is the reflex-like tendency to lash out at this President’s actions and put them in a disproportionate perspective. “Everyone in [the immigration act] screamed from the rooftops about Obama,” the detention of families, Kuck said. “Obama said they had to enforce the law, so that the conservatives in Congress will fix the law.”
Obama administration officials also have to implement hard enforcement had argued for the benefit of providing a deterrent effect. They considered the separation of the children from the parents, as they weighed, how it was decided with the Central American rise, but on the other hand, The New York Times reported.
Courts declared that the administration could not with imprisonment as a deterrent.
“It was the practice of the Obama government abuse of refugee children and refugee mothers with children. It is the policy of the said of the trump-administration of abused refugee children and refugee in need-the mothers with the children,” Scours. “I really don’t know what kind of abuse or a perpetrator contrary to find the people more, because it’s all abuse, and it’s all disgusting.”
Immigration authorities say the detention is necessary because many of the people released are up to an immigration hearing will never show up in court.
Many advocates for less strict guidelines have pushed for alternatives — such as ankle monitors — the conditions of detention for asylum-seekers and others is not a danger to the public.
Kuck said that while he’s against family detention, he sees the separation of children from their parents as rather detrimental.
“It is exponentially worse when children are taken away,” Kuck said, adding that the real solution is congressional action to fix immigration. “The pressure on the Congress. But one side wants you to return, and the other side thinks it’s unacceptable.”
Elizabeth Llorente is a Senior Reporter for FoxNews.com and can be reached at Elizabeth.Llorente@Foxnews.com. You can follow her on Twitter @Liz_Llorente.