“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.
For 20 days, Edmilson Aguilar Punay says, he saw and experienced how the United States handled immigrant children after an April policy change – a change that created a national outcry.
It was unclear when the order was signed how it would work in practice. Earlier this year, the administration said the purpose of the “zero-tolerance” policy was to deter other potential border crossings by guaranteeing that undocumented adults would be separated from their children during prosecution.
The psychological and health damage done by forcibly separating children from their parents is clear. And now that the country is paying attention to the conduct of its government on the border, we’re starting to see the damage that has been inflicted by this policy.
Angel Bonilla spent eight days in an immigrant-detention facility with his five-month-old daughter, Selene Alanis, after trekking for nearly a month through Mexico from his home in Honduras.
However, many immigrant children will likely still face great turmoil, beyond the stress of the immigration experience itself. According to the new rules, immigrant families can still be detained indefinitely, as long as they’re together.
The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here’s an offering of the best of this week’s crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere.
What happens next on the U.S. border? Though Donald Trump’s executive order on Wednesday released some political pressure by keeping immigrant families together in detention, rather than separating children from their parents, it’s not likely to be the end of the story. U.S. law prohibits detaining children for longer than 20 days, so we could be back in a separation situation in July; and the order does nothing at all for the more than 2,000 children already separated from their parents.
On Wednesday, President Trump said in an executive order that he planned to keep families together by jailing parents and children together during the course of their immigration hearings.
The shelters are part of a system, shown below, overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, that was originally established to provide temporary housing for children entering the country without parents.
Micaela Samol Gonzalez, dressed in blue detention scrubs, made her way to the front of a windowless courtroom in Colorado on Thursday and faced the judge. After she gave her name and arranged a future court date for her immigration case, the judge asked whether she had any questions.