On September 12, 2018 the New York Times gave us the newest figures on migrant children who are being detained in the U. S. Many of us were shocked to learn that the number is now 12,800 and that our government does not plan to reunite these children with their parents who may have been deported. Many of these children also arrived here unaccompanied by their parents. Here’s how the NYT’s article begins. Please follow the link if you want more details.
“Even though hundreds of children separated from their families after crossing the border have been released under court order, the overall number of detained migrant children has exploded to the highest ever recorded — a significant counternarrative to the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce the number of undocumented families coming to the United States.
Population levels at federally contracted shelters for migrant children have quietly shot up more than fivefold since last summer, according to data obtained by The New York Times, reaching a total of 12,800 this month. There were 2,400 such children in custody in May 2017.
The huge increases, which have placed the federal shelter system near capacity, are due not to an influx of children entering the country, but a reduction in the number being released to live with families and other sponsors, the data collected by the Department of Health and Human Services suggests. Some of those who work in the migrant shelter network say the bottleneck is straining both the children and the system that cares for them.”
Once again the two parties have adopted different words to refer to these children with Republicans calling them immigrants and Democrats calling them migrants. Please take the following survey and see the directions that follow it.
Survey (Circle your choice)
Yes. No I like the Trump approach to immigration
Yes. No. I think we should build a wall
Yes No. I think we should accept zero immigrants across our southern border
Yes. No. I think these children should be kept here and placed in foster care after every effort is made to reunite them with their parents or relatives
Yes. No. I want these children sent out of the country
Yes No. I approve of the Trump’s plan to spend $20 millions taken from the foreign assistance budget to pay Mexico for plane and bus fare to send 17,000 immigrants to Mexico
Yes. No These children are migrating because of fear about their fate at home and should be allowed access to due process to determine if they qualify for asylum
Yes. No. Assign more judges to expedite the cases of these children.
Yes. No. Hold demonstrations across America to bring pressure on the administration to adopt a more humane approach
Yes. No. Appoint a committee of citizens to examine approaches to immigration/migration that others have suggested (perhaps a Move On initiative)
Yes. No Open the US southern border for a year and study what happens. Allow people to move freely back and forth across the border.
Yes. No. Close the border between Mexico and America down completely except for designated entry zones until a plan is in place that works.
Yes. No. Enforce the southern border laws with towers and a shoot-to-kill order.
Yes. No Migrants/immigrants may come in but cannot collect welfare, food stamps, or have access to free health care.
Yes. No. Respect the Flores ruling and do not keep children in detention longer than 20 days.
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