An official with the Department of Health and Human Services said they won’t be affected by Trump’s executive order.
President Donald Trump, facing fierce and widespread outrage, signed an executive order to end the large-scale practice of splitting up families at the US-Mexico border.
The administration will still pursue its “zero tolerance” crackdown and prosecute undocumented migrants for illegal border crossing, but it will now attempt to detain families together — and it looks to do so indefinitely.
The order doesn’t provide relief for the approximately 2,300 kids who have already been separated from their families since the administration’s policy was announced in early May. Those children will remain separated from their parents as they remain in federal custody and won’t immediately be reunited, according to a report in the New York Times.
“There will not be a grandfathering of existing cases,” Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesperson for the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, told the New York Times.
“I can tell you definitively that is going to be policy,” Wolfe said.
These thousands of kids are often brought to detention facilities, and then are placed with sponsors — either a relative or family friend in the US, or in foster care. It’s the same system used for unaccompanied minors, who travel to the US without parents or guardians.
The detention facilities themselves have generated condemnation, showing kids sitting behind cage-like chain link fencing or lying on mattresses with silver thermal blankets. Children have been housed in a converted Wal-Mart and in “tent cities.” Infants and toddlers have been taken from their parents, and brought to “tender age” shelters.
The separation of families was never intended to be permanent, but advocates and …read more
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