A new immigration proposal shows that border security could get worse for families trying to enter the country illegally. The New York Times is reporting that President Donald Trump may give immigration officials approval to separate families who attempt to cross the border illegally, which means that parents would be held in one detention center while their kids would be held in another. As of now, parents (at least mothers) are kept in the same room with their kids until authorities decide what to do with their case.
The Times reports: “The policy is favored by the White House, and has been approved by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to three officials at the Department of Homeland Security and one at the White House who have all been briefed on the proposal but declined to be named because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. The officials said that the new Homeland Security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, who has final approval power, has yet to sign off on the proposal.”
They also report that while less undocumented immigrants have been trying to cross since April, there has been an increase overall since November.
It’s also important to note that current protocol that allows parents to remain with their children, doesn’t necessarily mean that the conditions are better. In fact, family detention centers can be considered inhumane. Some might wonder why people would risk being separated from their families or placed in terrible detention centers, but the reality is that their lives are most likely in danger either way. Immigrants trying to enter the U.S. in any which way are trying to leave their native country because they’re either facing oppression, poverty, violence, death, or all of these things.
So one should ask themselves: what would you do to save the life of yourself and your children?
Here’s what some are saying about this new proposal:
A plan to forcibly separate children from their families, which officials seem to think is an effective and “reasonable” policy…it turns my stomach.https://t.co/l6Rm5vjDZ8
— Kate Hall (@katehallgeog) December 22, 2017
@realDonaldTrump so now you will emotionally damage children! You are truly the most evil person I have ever come across! You pass ISIS, Osama bin Laden and any other evil person. https://t.co/18OhtfqSJE
— JD A (@CherokeeAbbey) December 22, 2017
The Trump administration is considering a new policy that would separate parents from their children when families are caught entering the country illegally.
Let me repeat that so it sinks in…
SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS. pic.twitter.com/03QFaRXuVJ
— Ted Corcoran (RedTRaccoon) (@RedTRaccoon) December 22, 2017