Monday, July 23, 2018

Family Separations Continue

BASS: FAMILY SEPARATIONS PERSIST: A group of House Democratic lawmakers on Friday criticized the continued separation of families at the border. The lawmakers, who visited detention and processing centers in Texas, said that the administration continued to take children away from their relatives. "All they have done is slightly change the policy," said Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) at a Friday evening press conference. "If it's a grandmother, or an aunt or an uncle, that does not qualify as family in this administration's eyes." Trump administration officials have said they continue to separate families in instances where there is a danger to a child or a question about parentage. Watch a livestream here.

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The number of immigrant children being detained in Texas continues to rise. ThinkProgress:“The rising numbers come on the heels of administration claims that hundreds of families have been reunited. ThinkProgress: “A new report in The Texas Tribune found that despite a federal court order that immigrant children separated from their families be reunited with their parents, the number of of youngsters being detained in the state is on the rise. According to The Tribune, the number of children housed in Texas shelters rose from 4,919 on June 21 to 5,024 on July 13. This includes both immigrant children who arrived at the border unaccompanied and children that were separated from their families by federal authorities. The report says that there are applications for up to four additional shelters to be built in Texas. The shelters would be built to ‘care for unaccompanied boys and girls up to 17 years old or as young as infants.’ These findings come on the heels of the Trump administration’s claims that it has reunited hundreds of children with their families. The administration claims it currently has 2,551 immigrant children between the ages of 5 and 17 in its care who were separated from their parents under Trump’s zero-tolerance policy. So far, only 364 of those children have been reunited.”

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