To Daniella Silva
Migrant families are still being separated from the Trump administration, sometimes for "unconfirmed allegations" of crimes, according to a report released Thursday published by a Texas Civil Rights group.
"Family separations are still taking place in the southern border, they are still being torn apart by the US government," said Efrén Olivares, director of racial and economic justice at the Texas Civil Rights Project NBC News.
While the divisions did not take place to the same extent as the Trump administration announced the policy of "zero tolerance" last spring, there were some in difficult circumstances, Olivares said. The report, which examined cases from December 22 to 1
The report found that 38 cases were found of parents and guardian members separated from their children
One of these cases involved Mr. Perez-Domingo, an indigenous migrant father from Guatemala whose main language is Mam in the report. Perez-Domingo was separated from his two-year-old daughter in July after he was accused by Customs and the Border Guard of not being the girl's birth father and, according to the report, presenting a fraudulent birth certificate. During his interview, he did not receive an interpreter.
The civil rights group said that they had investigated the incident and found that the birth certificate was authentic and a DNA test showed that Perez-Domingo was the father of the child. They were reunited in August.
"The lack of support for translators combined with aggressive interviews with the CBP agent has resulted in severe discrimination and traumatic consequences for this indigenous family," the report said. This father was not interviewed early, and it was very likely that Mr. Perez-Domingo would have been orphaned illegally in the United States without his daughter and child.
The report lists another migrant father identified as Mr. A., whose eleven-year-old daughter and nine-year-old son were removed from him for "unconfirmed allegiance allegations." The civil rights group claimed that an investigation into the background the man found no evidence of known criminal convictions in the US or in his native El Salvador or evidence of belonging to a gang.
After the end of "zero tolerance." Administrative officials said the immigration authorities separated families only when the adult was not the parent or guardian of the child when the child's safety was at risk or "serious criminal activity" by the adult.
Border Protection said in a statement that the Texas Civil Rights Project "published a flawed report without the child." Federal authority to input She also claimed that the civil rights group used erroneous data, including "all kinds of family relationships without taking into account the legal definition" of an unaccompanied migrant child.
Because of this definition, Customs and Border Protection have recognized a total of 38 family divisions McAllen.
The Texas Civil Rights Project said it examined an estimated 9,800 adult migrants prosecuted for illegal entry into the United States and 492 adults prosecuted for illegal re-entry, most of whom were from Central America. Families were interviewed before their hearings in a federal court in McAllen.
In these cases, there were 272 cases in which families were separated, including 34 parent and child family segregations, 107 sibling cases, and 62 cases of children being aunts or uncles and other cases involving separation of cousins, grandparents, guardians , Stepperararen or other caregivers, separated. The youngest child was 8 ½ months old when it was separated from his mother.
In December, from 21 June to 30 November, the Ministry of Homeland Security declared 81 children and 76 adults separated.
Under During the "zero tolerance" policy last spring and early summer, migrants were prosecuted for illegal border crossings, an offense in the first offense. The parents were then taken to Bundeshaft and their children separated from them.
Following fierce criticism from both parties and mounting protests across the country, President Donald Trump announced an end to politics in June. Later this month, a federal judge ordered the government to reunite many of the separated families.
The government identified more than 2,700 children who were separated as part of the policy. According to a report by the HHS Inspector General, it is estimated that many more have been separated since the summer of 2017.
On Thursday afternoon, the American Civil Liberties Union will argue in a federal court that the families had separated before the June 2018 ruling should fall under the reunification lawsuit.