Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

1,995 minors separated from adults during six-week period, DHS says

1,995 minors separated from adults during six-week period, DHS says

Once children are separated, they are treated as unaccompanied minors under the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, which houses them in government facilities, puts them in temporary foster care, or releases them to adult sponsors in the United States.

The new controversial procedure, implemented by the Trump administration, is part of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' self-described "zero tolerance" policy aimed at further limiting illegal entries into the U.S.

But prolonged separation and detention risks traumatizing children who are already fleeing nightmarish situations in their home countries, said Luis Zayas, a psychiatry professor at the University of Texas.

Over the six-week period, 1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults detained trying to enter the USA illegally, the Associated Press reported on Friday after obtaining Homeland Security numbers. The Group of Seven summit gathering of top industrialized democracies finished in disarray after the USA president abruptly rejected its consensus statement and bitterly attacked Canada's PM Justin Trudeau.

"We no longer exempt entire classes of people". "They came hoping for a better, safer life for their loved ones".

"I certainly wouldn't sign the more moderate one". This is inhumane and traumatizing.

Meanwhile Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, which enforces immigration policy, said many of those coming to the borders as family groups were in fact not families. "The Democrats have to change their law", Trump told reporters on the North Lawn on Friday. Sessions said it might during a May speech on the zero-tolerance policy. "That's the Democrats' law".

"At the moment that they finally thought they had reached safety, refuge, were going to petition for asylum, they were taken from their parents, and are now in Tornillo with no idea when or if they will see their mothers or their fathers on this Father's Day again", O'Rourke said. We need a wall. Politicians from both parties, including Arizona Republican Sen.

"These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in United States history." . Susan Collins called the policy "inconsistent with our American values" and reaffirmed her support for reforming immigration laws.

"Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso", she wrote.

The moves by the government to separate families have been widely decried by medical professionals, the United Nations, and a wide swath of USA religious leaders.

Current First Lady Melania Trump has also weighed in on the issue but stopped short of calling for the policy to be scrapped.

His finishing point was that President Trump's administration is on shaky ground if it wants to use the Bible's moral code as the standard for all its actions. "Our policies that can result in short-term separation of families are not unusual or unjustified".

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