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ACLU: Trump Administration Is Still Separating Migrant Families Despite Court Order to Stop
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=42507"><span class="small">Richard Gonzales, NPR</span></a>   
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 13:14

Gonzales writes: "The Trump administration continues to separate hundreds of migrant children from their parents despite a federal court ruling that ordered an end to the practice, according to court documents filed in California by the American Civil Liberties Union."

A Rally for Our Children event to protest the separation of migrant families last year in San Antonio. A federal judge ordered an end to the policy in June 2018. (photo: Eric Gay/AP)
A Rally for Our Children event to protest the separation of migrant families last year in San Antonio. A federal judge ordered an end to the policy in June 2018. (photo: Eric Gay/AP)


ACLU: Trump Administration Is Still Separating Migrant Families Despite Court Order to Stop

By Richard Gonzales, NPR

31 July 19

 

he Trump administration continues to separate hundreds of migrant children from their parents despite a federal court ruling that ordered an end to the practice, according to court documents filed in California by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU said that more than 900 parents and children, including babies, have been separated by U.S. border authorities since U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabraw, a George W. Bush appointee in San Diego, ordered the government to reunite more than 2,700 children with their parents more than a year ago.

The controversy caused such an outcry that President Trump ordered an end to family separations on June 20, 2018, six days before Sabraw's ruling. Trump's executive order allowed separations only in cases where the parents posed a risk to the child.

"It is shocking that the Trump administration continues to take babies from their parents," said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project. "The administration must not be allowed to circumvent the court order over infractions like minor traffic violations."

The 218-page court filing listed various cases:

  • One man was separated from his three young daughters because he has HIV, although the government has not explained why it believes he is dangerous to his children.

  • Another man, detained with his one-year-old infant in a facility, was criticized for not changing his daughter's diaper and called a bad father. His infant was taken from him.

  • A 3-year-old girl was separated from her father when Customs and Border Protection officials disputed his paternity. A DNA test eventually confirmed the father's paternity, but not before the child was sexually abused while in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

  • A 4-year-old boy was separated from his father whose speech impediment prevented his from answering CBP officials' questions. The family was separated even after the father presented a birth certificate showing his paternity.

When Sabraw ordered an end to family separations in June 2018, he "carved out" exceptions for parents whose criminal histories or communicable diseases posed a risk to their children.

The ACLU said the government is abusing its discretion by "separating young children based on such offenses as traffic violations, misdemeanor property damage, and disorderly conduct violations. Some of the separations are for offenses that took place many years ago. And some are for mere allegations or arrests without convictions."

Administration officials acknowledge that families are still being separated.

In a written statement before the House Oversight and Reform Committee earlier this month, the acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan (and former CBP Commissioner) cited the exceptions allowed under the judge's order, but he insisted that "CBP generally keeps family units together in its short-term holding facilities."

In his testimony, McAleenan said, "This is in the interest of the child. It's overseen by a supervisor, and those decisions are made."

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+3 # DongiC 2019-08-01 05:12
This is so frustrating. To read that , despite court orders to the contrary, Trump's people are still keeping children separated from their parents. This illegal behavior on the part of the American government causes unnecessary trauma in the children of immigrants which may last through much of their lives. It is inhumane and barbaric and should be ended immediately. What kind of human beings have Americans descended to? Trump is creating a new race of monsters for the huge swamps that will be his hallmark. What a fiasco our nation has become under his misguided leadership.
 
 
0 # futhark 2019-08-02 09:39
It appears that somehow Mr. Trump got his hands on a copy of the Constitution of the United States of America and discovered his job description in Article II. His reading comprehension skills have been demonstrated to be substandard time and again, so it is no surprise that he discovered in this document powers conferred on the Office of the President that no one else could find. Excited by his good fortune, he went before a meeting of the Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit and shared it with some loyal and naive young followers.

“Then, I have an Article II, where I have to the right to do whatever I want as president. But I don’t even talk about that.”

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/07/trump-mueller-constitution-obstruction-article-2-executive-authority.html

It is apparent that he sincerely believes that the Constitution grants him unconstrained authority to pursue any agenda he chooses and if he decides that immigrant families must be split up, then all that is required is for him to issue a directive. In this I hear echoes of his Republican predecessor, Richard Nixon. ""Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal."
 
 
0 # coberly 2019-08-03 14:49
well, if this is not impeachable high crimes then nothing is.

if Trump pulled down his pants on camera they would impeach him.

but if he kidnaps and imprisons little children and fancy dances around court orders then, oh we can't impeach him because it would energize his base.

and that, my son, is how America became an evil empire.