“We’re going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don’t stand for and that we don’t want,” Trump said.
Facing an extraordinary backlash not just from Democrats but from some Republicans, every living former first lady (and, amazingly, the current one), United Nations human rights officials, Willie Nelson, Pope Francis and many, many others who reacted in dismay to scenes of children corralled in metal cages, Trump probably had little choice.
Kraft, a pediatrician and president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, blasted the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which has separated more than 2,000 children from their mothers and fathers at the U.S. border.
The strange music of a freight train, the metal-on-metal drone of wheel on rail, the groans and clanks as box cars shift and settle and are propelled onward, the occasional horn as it nears a crossing—these are familiar sounds along the Shenandoah Valley Railroad as it lumbers through Verona.
U.S. immigration agents raided an Ohio gardening company on June 5, arresting 114 suspected undocumented workers.
Among the accusations are several startling charges in a lawsuit against one operator of drugging migrant children with heavy antipsychotic medications that made them lethargic, physically incapacitated, and afraid.
Horrific stories continue to emerge as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which calls for both the prosecution of all people who attempt to illegally enter the country and in many cases long-term separation from the children they bring with them.
President Trump created the child-separation crisis when he imposed a “zero tolerance” policy for border crossings. Where the Obama administration detained families ahead of civil proceedings conducted in immigration court, the Trump administration decided to pursue criminal prosecution of immigrants and asylum-seekers, arresting parents and separating them from their children, with the explicit notion that the trauma could serve as a deterrent to others who might seek asylum.
Antar Davidson quit a government-contracted shelter for immigrant kids when superiors ordered him to tell young siblings that they were not allowed to hug.
The Trump administration has been paying an intelligence contractor millions of dollars to to fly immigrant children to shelters across the United States.
On Wednesday, amid mounting pressure to end the policy, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that he said would keep families together, but it’s unclear what will become of the thousands of young people the U.S. government has detained since last month.