Did the Trump Administration Lose Immigrant Children?

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A petition set up by protest organizers demanding that the Trump administration "stop separating immigrant children from their families IMMEDIATELY" has reached at least 24,339 signatures. He blames Democrats for the latest influx of migrants.

Trump, who serves as an adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, has not spoken out about the policy. If an immigrant tells an officer at the border that they fear persecution, they are given a "credible fear" test to determine if they may have a claim.

GOP leaders are already anxious the ongoing effort by moderates to force a House vote on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, a program Trump moved to end previous year but has been kept alive by the courts, will depress base turnout.

The Trump administration on Tuesday sought to blame Democrats for what it calls a "border crisis", claiming that Democrats were standing in the way of much-needed laws.

Other liberal activists also linked to the Arizona Republic story using the hashtag "WhereAreOurChildren", which grew out of testimony in April by a federal official that the USA government had lost track of almost 1,500 unaccompanied minor children it placed with adult sponsors in the U.S. Already, 658 immigrant children were taken from their parents in a 13-day span in May.

The President poured oil on the fire on Saturday. We break down what those issues are and what it all means.

It is now the official policy of the United States government - a nation of immigrants - to separate children from their families.

We call on the Trump administration to end its "zero tolerance" policy, and instead support sweeping changes that would minimize the detention of immigrants and asylum seekers, and the separation of families.

The law on that issue was a bipartisan initiative, approved by unanimous consent and signed by Republican President George W. Bush, as CNN's Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org have reported.

The law requires unaccompanied minors from nations other than Mexico or Canada to be sent to the care of the Office for Refugee Settlement or relatives in the USA while removal proceedings take place. According to immigration officials, the number of families attempting to cross without documents decreased by 64 percent.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April announced a "zero-tolerance" policy to increase prosecution of immigrants who come into the country illegally. (The ACLU separately argues that those seeking asylum should not be prosecuted, but it isnt making that argument in this lawsuit.) Nor does the ACLU contest that when parents are prosecuted, they are going to be separated from their children for a very short period, while they are jailed before they are turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement pending their asylum hearing.

Michelle Brane, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women's Refugee Commission, said in a statement: "Family separation is NOT required by any law, this is a Trump administration policy clearly created to punish parents, who are just trying to get their children to safety".

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She said this "proves what we have consistently maintained - namely, that Hamas' stated objective is the destruction of Israel ". Israel says Hamas is responsible for the bloodshed, and accuses the group of using the demonstrations as a cover for attacks.

"That kind of separation lasts potentially a lifetime where the child no longer feels like the parent can protect them", Gelernt said.

But, this time, the difference is that the US government plans to carry out these family separations on a much bigger scale, as a deterrent against illegal immigration. Several photos of children sitting in fenced areas set Twitter ablaze with couch potato commentators accusing the Trump administration of abuse and inhumane detention.

The plight of unaccompanied children who cross the border is the latest immigration storm whipped up by the Trump White House, and includes travel restrictions on people from some Muslim nations and the uncertainty facing of DACA recipients - undocumented migrants brought to the U.S. as kids. The Trump administration slightly exceeded that success rate in the last three months of 2017, even as it is accused of losing children.

The Trump administration is preparing to renew its push for an $18 billion border wall plan that would also tighten asylum procedures and overhaul other laws Trump officials say are encouraging illegal behavior.

The two insensitive words "or whatever" deserve their own exhibit in the Trump Era's Rhetorical Hall of Fame.

Children wait to receive gifts after a show to entertain them at the sports club where Central American migrants traveling with the annual Stations of the Cross caravan have been camped out in Matias Romero, Mexico, April 4, 2018.

But no modern President has so consciously sought to peel open divides on immigration - one of the most fundamental political issues across the Western world - to the same extent as Trump has done.

NPR spoke with Jennifer Nagda, the policy director at the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights.

Clinton called on people who were also "feeling helpless" to help by supporting groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, Women Belong, United We Dream and more.

Curbelo is a leader of GOP lawmakers trying to force House immigration votes next month over leaders' objections.

The group is getting close to the 218 signatures it needs to automatically trigger a vote - after winning the support of nearly all Democrats.

White said last month that the DoD was awaiting a site survey by HHS to designate additional shelters, to include military bases.