Thousands More Family Separations Than Reported? It Keeps Getting Worse

The news coverage of the family separations at the U.S. border has faded – not because itís any less tragic, not because itís any more resolved, but because the Trump admin keeps us busy with so many other scandals that itís hard to stay focused. Nevertheless, it warrants continued attention because of just how insanely inhumane and unnecessary it is to tear children and parents seeking a better life apart with no plans for reunification.

Now, family separations are back in the media spotlight and yet again itís not due to good news. Instead, weíre learning that the extent of the separations is even worse than initially reported. The Health and Human Servicesí inspector generalís office estimates that thousands more kids than previously counted were torn from their parents.

Thatís because Trump officials were apparently actually splitting up families well before they instituted the unpopular ďzero toleranceĒ policy. While that shouldnít have been allowed unless the U.S. government had valid concerns that the parents posed a legitimate safety threat to their kids, it happened anyway without much explanation from Homeland Security.

The reason the government estimate is so ambiguous is that there was no record kept. Until a federal judge ordered this past summer that Trump agencies must maintain tabs on these families, the administration gave seemingly no thought to setting up a system to make reunification easier down the road. The kids who came to the border with parents received the same designation as the kids who came alone, making it impossible to distinguish the two groups.

Health and Human Services has insisted that pretty much all of these kids have left their custody and been placed with some relative (parent or otherwise) but they canít really back up that statement since, again, they didnít keep any records. Considering that other immigrant children who got lost in the system are still getting placed back with parents nearly half a year after the court order, thereís ample reason to be skeptical of the departmentís thoroughness.

Set aside the Russian collusion saga for a moment Ė this human rights disaster should have in itself been enough to ruin this White House. Needlessly separating kids from their parents as a form of punishment for coming to this country Ė Jeff Sessions had no qualms about it when he first discussed it Ė is just so cruel and beneath the dignity of the United States. To find out it happened at an even worse extent than we previously realized should be mortifying to us all.

The work of the inspector generalís office is not done. A representative confirms that it has also been studying the physical and mental health effects these family separations have had on the children, and expects to file reports on those subjects when complete. Hopefully those reports will be read and taken seriously so these kinds of major mistakes are never committed again.

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Jan S
Jan S1 months ago

thank you for posting

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Joan E
Joan E2 months ago

Repeat, repeat it until you believe it only works if you are wearing a MAGA hat.

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Joan E
Joan E2 months ago

Trump has degraded this nation in every way, especially with his mistreatment of children.

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Dr. Jan Hill
Dr. Jan Hill2 months ago

thanks

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Naomi Dreyer
Naomi Dreyer2 months ago

Hmmmmm.

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Joan E
Joan E2 months ago

No one should have to live in Trump's world of degradation. Everyone deserves better.

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Leo Custer
Leo C2 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Lorraine A
Lorraine Andersen2 months ago

Not sure where the US is heading, but with Trump at the helm I don't think its a good place by any means Thanks for sharing

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson3 months ago

Thank you.

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Sue L
Sue L3 months ago

The entire Trump administration is despicable. How the hell can Trump still be president?! How can his supporters not see him for who he is?

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