Trump Administration says it is too hard to reunite the thousands of families separated at the border.

By |2019-02-03T05:34:54-08:00February 3rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |7 Comments

Wait, what?

Courtesy of HuffPo:

On Friday, officials from the Trump administration said it would require too much effort to reunite the thousands of families it separated before implementing its “zero-tolerance” policy in April, according to a declaration filed as part of an ongoing lawsuit between the American Civil Liberties Union and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Last month, the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services released a report stating that “thousands” more immigrant families had been separated than the government had previously disclosed. In the declaration submitted Friday, HHS officials said they don’t know the exact number of children who were taken from their parents before “zero tolerance” and that finding them would be too much of a “burden” since there was no formal tracking system in place.

“The Trump administration’s response is a shocking concession that it can’t easily find thousands of children it ripped from parents and doesn’t even think it’s worth the time to locate each of them,” said Lee Gelernt, the lead lawyer in the ACLU’s ongoing lawsuit against ICE, in a statement. “The administration also doesn’t dispute that separations are ongoing in significant numbers.”

The deputy director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Jallyn Sualog, said that 100 ORR analysts would have to work eight hours each day for between seven and 15 months to “even begin reconciling” data on separated families. “In my judgment, ORR does not have the requisite staff for such a project,” Sualog wrote in the declaration.

This is just fucking unbelievable to me!

We tore these families apart, traumatized children as young a few months old, and now we claim that we cannot reunite them because that takes too much work?

You know I sometimes work with the Office of Children’s Services up here in Alaska, and it is not a perfect organization, but they certainly know who is caring or the children removed from their homes and how to reunite them with their families. 

I am simply appalled by this on a level that shakes me to my core. 

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  1. VOA February 3, 2019 at 8:35 am

    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.

    Health and Human Services Department officials said in court filings late Friday that removing children from “sponsor” homes to rejoin their parents would endanger their welfare. The officials say they don’t have authority to take children away from sponsors and that the effort would be cost-prohibitive.

    The government didn’t adequately track separated children before a judge in San Diego ruled in June that children in its custody be reunited with their parents.

    The American Civil Liberties Union wants the order to apply to children who were separated before June. Officials say there may be thousands.

  2. anon February 3, 2019 at 8:40 am

    this is horror beyond description. what becomes of these children? surely the folks that received them know they are not their children — just ask for everyone to raise their hand and say ‘hey i have one of those children’?? but then who are their parents? just crazy

  3. Anonymous in Chicago February 3, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    This is unacceptable! Congress must act immediately to reunite these children. The real horror is that this situation started with numerous top government officials. Starting at the top with the President (Trump), Attorney General policies (Sessions) & the idiot at Homeland Security (Nielsen). Adding to that was (or is) an ineffective Republican Senate & last year’s Republican House. And for what? Just to get the Orange Shitgibbon his wall?!

    Trump is an idiot and an incompetent fuck-up!!

  4. Anonymous February 3, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    I think this was the point all along. The Trump Administration never planned on reuniting these families. They’ll keep the kids in custody, then the minute they turn 18 they’ll have them deported. The point was to be cruel to these families for having dared to come over here.

  5. Katydid February 3, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Remember, the Christian adoption-for-profit people swooped in and scooped up a bunch of kids to sell to Christian people before they were caught. Yanking these kids from their families without a plan to reunite them may have been the plan from the beginning.

  6. Anonymous February 3, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    So what are they planning on doing with these children, keep them in cages until they are 18 then deport them? or deport them now to who knows where and to whom (pedophiles, sex rings)?

    This is the human trafficking from the southern border, all brought on by the trump administration, not some girls tied up in the trunk of a car.. some journalist should tell trump that.

    Steve Miller should be investigated for this, since he is the architect of the “plan” and then sent to a cage (prison is too good).

    Add this to the list of impeachable offenses.. human rights violations.

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