FRAGILE: At least 18 migrant toddlers under two years of age were separated from their parents at the border including & # 39; nine children under one year & # 39; – and some were kept apart during SIX MONTHS
A new report from the House Oversight Committee says that at least 18 children under the age of two were divorced from their parents in government-run migrant centers, some even six months.
The Friday report focuses on children who were divorced after the Trump government in April 2018 adopted the & # 39; zero tolerance policy & # 39; had initiated and who was still in custody on June 26, 2018.
The democrats in the committee call the separation of children & # 39; a conscious, unnecessary and cruel choice & # 39; from President Donald Trump.
As seen through screens, a Ministry of Homeland Security agent oversees when migrants walk to a Border Patrol vehicle while being held in El Paso on June 27
One of the main findings of the report from the House Committee led by Democrats are:
- At least 18 babies & toddlers under two years of age were removed from the border and kept apart for 20 days to six months.
- At least 241 divorced children were kept in border guard rooms for longer than the 72 legally permitted hours.
- Many divorced children were detained for much longer than previously known – at least 679 were detained for 46 to 75 days, more than 50 were detained for six months to a year, and more than 25 years were detained for more than one year
- Even after they were reunited with their parents, hundreds of divorced children were held in detention centers for families for months – much longer than the twenty-day limit under the Flores case.
- More than 400 children were moved to multiple CBP facilities, more than 80 children were moved to multiple ORR facilities and at least five children were moved to multiple ICE facilities, including one, Port Isabel, after the administration claimed that & No children will be accommodated at the facility … even for short periods. & # 39;
- At least ten divorced children were taken to the & # 39; tent city & # 39; In Tornillo, Texas, the notorious emergency inflow facility at El Paso, before the CEO of the parent company of the facility refused to continue operations due to government pressure to expand capacity despite delays in releasing children.
The committee held a hearing on the issue on Friday.
President Donald Trump says his immigration policy is meant to keep the country safe.
His defenders have said that legal restrictions force the authorities to choose between imprisoned parents who cross the border illegally but divorce them from children, or leave entire family units inland.
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