Courtesy of the AP:
The Trump administration says it would require extraordinary effort to reunite what may be thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents and, even if it could, the children would likely be emotionally harmed.
Jonathan White, who leads the Health and Human Services Department’s efforts to reunite migrant children with their parents, said removing children from “sponsor” homes to rejoin their parents “would present grave child welfare concerns.” He said the government should focus on reuniting children currently in its custody, not those who have already been released to sponsors.
“It would destabilize the permanency of their existing home environment, and could be traumatic to the children,” White said in a court filing late Friday, citing his years of experience working with unaccompanied migrant children and background as a social worker.
The administration outlined its position in a court-ordered response to a government watchdog report last month that found many more migrant children may have been split from their families than previously reported. The government didn’t adequately track separated children before a federal judge in San Diego ruled in June that children in its custody be reunited with their parents.
He cited his background as a social worker?
Give me a break!
Any social worker worth their salt would realize that the removal of these children from their biological families was the destabilizing factor and that getting them back into the loving embrace of their mothers and fathers is the first step toward healing the emotional impact of that policy.
Also, keep in mind that these foster families are being paid to care for these children and that their continued placement in those homes is at taxpayer expense.
It would seem to me that fiscally conservative Republicans would support reunifying these immigrant families just as soon as possible.
Besides keeping them apart is essentially state-sponsored mass kidnapping.