Watchdog: US unprepared for ‘zero tolerance’ immigration
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Watchdog: US unprepared for ‘zero tolerance’ immigration

The resulting confusion along the border led to misinformation among separated parents who did not know why they had been taken from their children or how to reach them, longer detention for children at border facilities meant for short-term stays, and difficulty in identifying and reuniting families. And backlogs at ports of entry may have pushed some into illegally crossing the U.S-Mexico border, the report found. Continue reading

Will Anyone in the Trump Administration Ever Be Held Accountable for the Zero-Tolerance Policy?
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Will Anyone in the Trump Administration Ever Be Held Accountable for the Zero-Tolerance Policy?

The policy, which called for the criminal prosecution of anyone crossing the border illegally, and led to the separation of more than twenty-five hundred children from their parents, has coincided with a broader effort to dismantle the U.S. asylum system. Yet the government never had a plan for keeping track of the separated parents and children once they were in custody, and, even after a federal judge in San Diego, Dana Sabraw, ordered the government to reunite them, it struggled to comply. “I definitely haven’t seen contrition,” an Administration official, who told me about the weekly meetings, said. “But there was frustration with the incompetence of how zero tolerance got implemented. Continue reading

Trump Makes It Official, Literally Compares Families at Border to People Who Should Get Off His Lawn
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Trump Makes It Official, Literally Compares Families at Border to People Who Should Get Off His Lawn

Trump is right that ejecting people with potentially legitimate asylum claims from the country without due process would, in fact, be a violation of U.S. law, but he’s wrong about the U.S. being the only country that has such rules—the right to fair hearing for asylum is a principle of international human rights law as well. Continue reading