In a troubling new policy proposal, undocumented immigrants will be separated from their children upon detention, in a power play meant to deter illegal border crossings. Under this plan, parents or guardians will be held in adult detention facilities, while children will be placed in juvenile shelters or handed over to a sponsor. The new policy is supported by the White House as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but has yet to be signed by Kirstjen Nielsen, the head of the Department of Homeland Security.
This policy proposal has sparked outrage among immigration advocacy groups as it is considered inhumane and unjust. Current policy keeps families together while detained--
although there have been many documented exceptions in which families have been cruelly torn apart. Parent José Fuentes was separated from his one-year-old son Mateo in November, and have yet to be reunited.
Our Verdict: This proposal comes after a recent influx of illegal border crossings, following a period of initial latency after Trump entered office. As a way to suppress numbers of immigrants entering the country, the Trump Administration has stooped to a harsh level of injustice. While the administration claims these people are economic immigrants, many are seeking asylum and safety from gang wars in Central America.