Question #34: What is your opinion about child separation about the southern border.
I think this is an immigration crisis and a humanitarian crisis. It is being exasperated by our Congress's inability to take action on this sensitive issue. So, many varying factors are at play here. From a border, to lack of funding, overcrowding, asylum seekers, illegal immigration, incentivising illegal crossing, not enough border patrol, not enough judges, etc.
I believe we could fix these problems if we could simply work together. This is not a political party issue this is a human issue.
So, I don’t think separating families is ever a good thing. And, the Trump Administration signed an executive order ending family separations at the border.
In 2005 President George W. Bush started the "zero tolerance" approach with Operation Streamline.
In 2014 President Barack Obama made changes to the immigration policy, releasing parents and focusing on deportation of immigrants who committed crimes in the US. During the Obama administration, the Department of Homeland Security built family detention centers in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Texas. Unaccompanied children were kept in holding cells, separated by age and gender, while appropriate placements were found.
The Zero Tolerance policy was intended to deter illegal immigration and to encourage tougher legislation. It was adopted across the entire US–Mexico border from April 2018 until June 2018 during the Trump Administration. Under the policy, federal authorities separated children from parents or guardians with whom they had entered the US illegally. The adults were prosecuted and held in federal jails, and the children placed under the supervision of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
June 20, 2018, President Trump signed an executive order ending family separations at the border. On June 26, 2018, US District Judge Dana Sabraw of the US District Court for the Southern District of California issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the family separation policy and ordered that all children be reunited with their parents within 30 days.
* On a side note, because judicial reform is so important to me. I believe we also have a crisis here in America when it comes to separating children from parents. We have thousands of children in our foster care systems. RIP Alex Hill you will never be forgotten.
Adela Wisdom for US Congress - Running for US Representative in the 3rd District of Missouri. District 3 covers northern Jefferson County and extends north and west past the St. Louis area, covering much of east-central Missouri. Missouri's 3rd Congressional District consists of all or part of the following counties: Callaway, Camden, Cole, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Lincoln, Maries, Miller, Montgomery, Osage, St. Charles and Warren. I am eager to serve you and all the families in our district.
Contact me at:
9942 Shrand Lane
Williamsburg, MO 63388
Watch my Video discussion about Children Separation click below: