The voices of children separated at the border
- Published on: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
- Over 2,300 children have been separated from their families.
Read ProPublica reporter Ginger Thompson’s article here: https://www.propublica.org/article/children-separated-from-parents-border-patrol-cbp-trump-immigration-policy
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In April 2018, the Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions instituted a “zero tolerance” policy on undocumented immigration. Undocumented migrants and asylum seekers detained at the border now face immediate criminal prosecution, often before their asylum claims can even be processed. Thousands of children and other migrants are now being held in detention centers operated by US Customs and Border Protection, where they await trial.
A backlash against this policy is growing, with conservatives and liberals alike decrying it as cruel and inhumane. Both the White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Sessions have explicitly cited the policy as a preemptive deterrent to undocumented migration, though the administration has since backtracked on that message.
We want to help shed light on this. Has your family been separated at the US–Mexico border? Are you a worker at a detention center, or do you aid families who have been affected? Tell us more at [email protected] or 347-244-2134.
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