I don’t begrudge this administration for getting tough on securing borders or irregular immigration (new buzzword from State Department). You will find most of us can agree on that, but I think all points of entry should be secure, not just the Southern Border. I also oppose the spirit of the policies implemented to “uphold” the laws. The message has been clear that zero tolerance is for Muslims and people of color.
Numerous fact-checking and media sites report that Barack Obama deported more people than any other president. DJT was correct on that one. Records show that he deported a couple million at least. All you have to do is type “Deporter in Chief” in your browser. The difference is that the Obama Administration was upholding the law without the reality TV mentality, without fanfare or bells and whistles. They followed the law as it was written by administrations before until they could make sustainable immigration reform. It was not all sunshine and lollipops, but they did not gloat in the predicament of those deported unable to obtain asylum. They utilized family detention centers trying not to separate families, especially with small children. Unaccompanied minors were held in centers or placed in the least restrictive settings while trying to connect them with parents or families already in the US. The Obama Administration did not set a goal of teaching lessons on illegal immigration to people from Central and South America. The Obama Administration did not make a spectacle of the annual pilgrimage sponsored by religious groups and Pueblos sin Fronteras (translated People without Borders) to assure safe passage to people in need of Asylum.
The significant difference in 2018 immigration policy and procedure that has caused humanitarian outrage is the story of the “tender age” children that were separated from parents without warning. Some too young to speak, others less than five years old didn’t know their parents’ real names or where they came from. It has been reported that parents seeking asylum did not have an opportunity to speak to children to explain what was happening before the children were taken away. Younger children and toddlers, of course, are the most vulnerable. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that there was no reliable documentation about the separations. No one knew which kids were sent where? They need DNA to find kids to match with parents?
I’m glad others have contributed additional information about the fate of these children, Lest we forget.
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