Reports from federal agencies are losing track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children in their care. Hissing criticism of children who were taken by their migrant parents at the border. Proposed rallies . In the past week, outrage over the treatment of children placed in US custody at the southwestern border has peaked and exploded in a barrage of tweets and calls to action with the hashtags #WhereAreTheChildren and #MissingChildren.
How exactly are they safe? Course claims online? What do these children have to do with the new immigration policies of the Trump administration? How many families are separated? And why is it so outrageous now? We take a look at how the story went at a snail's pace.
Have the United States really lost track of 1,475 immigrant children?
In short, yes. During a Senate hearing at the end of last month, Steven Wagner, an official at the Ministry of Health and Social Services, said that the federal agency had lost sight of 1,475 children who had crossed the US-Mexico border alone (ie unaccompanied) of adults) and were subsequently placed with adult sponsors in the United States. As the Associated Press reported, the number was based on a survey of more than 7,000 children:
From October to December 2017, HHS called 7,635 children the agency had placed with sponsors, noting that 6,075 of the children were still alive Sponsors, 28 had run away, five had been deported and 52 lived with someone else. The rest was missing, said Steven Wagner, assistant secretary at HHS.
Public health and public health officials have argued that it is not the department's legal responsibility to find these children after being released from custody of the refugee camp. that falls under HHS administration for children and families. And some have pointed out that adult sponsors are sometimes relatives who already live in the United States and deliberately do not respond to HHS attempts to contact them.
However, none of these arguments has done much to uproar the testimony surrounding the testimony of Wagner, a principal of the HHS, who is managing children and directs families to suppress.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), chair of the Senate Subcommittee, has repeatedly argued that it is a question of humanity rather than just legal responsibility. He cited a case in which federal officials had handed over eight migrant children to traffickers.
"These children, regardless of their immigration status, deserve to be treated properly, not abused or traded," Portman said in the subcommittee. "This is about responsibility."
Portman reiterated his stance in a PBS "Frontline" special called "Trafficked in America" on April 24 that documented the plight of the eight children who had to work on an Ohio farm
"We have these kids, they are here, they live on our soil, "he told PBS. "And to just trust someone else to take care of them and blame them on the wolves, which HHS did, it's completely wrong, I do not care what you think about immigration policy, it's wrong." [19659014InawrittenstatementtotheWashingtonPosttheDHSsaidthatabout85percentofsponsorswhoacquirecustodyofunaccompaniedminorsareparentsorclosefamilymembers
Were these 1,475 children separated from their parents on the border?
No. The children, who were not included in last year's HHS survey, all arrived at the southwestern border alone. The government refers to these children as "unaccompanied extraterrestrial children" or UACs.
Are children taken from their parents after crossing the border into the United States?
Yes. On May 7, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would prosecute any person crossing the southwestern border illegally – or at least attempting to pursue "100 percent" – even if some of them could or should
Although Sessions said he understands that some people flee from violence or other dangerous situations, he has also stated that the United States "can not accommodate all on this planet, which is in a difficult situation."
"If you cross the border illegally … then we will prosecute you," he said in two speeches in Scottsdale, Arizona, and San Diego. "If you smuggle an illegal alien across the border, we'll track you … If you smuggle a child, we'll prosecute you, and that child will probably be separated from you, as the law requires." "If you're your child Do not take it over the border illegally, it's not our fault that somebody does that. "
The consequence of this new" 100 percent "policy is that children are separated from their parents because the Adults are charged with an offense, even if the adults seek asylum and are present even at official ports of import. According to federal regulations, the Immigration and Customs Authority will transfer unaccompanied minors and now children of detained adults to the Refugee Relocation Bureau within 48 hours of the border crossing. according to AP  Are parent-child separations used as a means of deterring border crossings?
That seems to be the case. As Sorbs Horwitz and Maria Sacchetti of the Washington Post reported, internal discussions about the separation of families at the border indicated that people should be prevented from crossing the border:
High-ranking immigration and border officials demanded that increased prosecution [in April] a confidential memo to the Minister of Homeland Security Kirsten Nielsen. They said that filing criminal charges against migrants, including parents traveling with children, is the "most effective" way to stop illegal border crossings.
The "zero tolerance" measure announced on Monday could divide thousands of families due to children are not allowed in criminal prisons. So far, most of the families illegally pulled across the border have been released to await deportations.
In an interview with John Burnett on May 11, John F. Kelly, White House Chief of Staff, described the separation of the family as something that would be a "hard deterrent" for migrant parents who might think of pushing their children to the limit bring to.
"Let me step back and tell you that the vast majority of people who move illegally to the United States are not bad people." Kelly told Burnett. "But they are also not people who would easily integrate into our modern society, they are mostly rural people in the countries they come from – the fourth, fifth, sixth grade is a kind of norm … they come out And I understand the reason, but the laws are the laws, but a great name of the game is deterrence. "
Why are we now hearing about these issues?
As mentioned, reports of 1,475 children of HHS could not be uncovered in April, and already in the past In the past year proposals have been discussed on how to deal with immigrant families crossing the border.
Nevertheless, history has smoothed out last week, with thousands of E expressed concern about family separation or last year's HHS survey. Why? As with other topics that inexplicably appear on social media, it is unclear. The topics may be partly due to a widely used column in USA Today by columnist E.J. Montini
Friday also happened to be the International Missing Children's Day and produced something that was described by the Immigration and Customs Department recruitment department as an unbalanced tweet. Although ICE is not the agency responsible for migrant children, it has been under the control of deportation of undocumented immigrants since President Trump took office.
MSNBC Hayes raised the topic to his show Friday, calling out monstrous cases of family separation in social media and calling the practice "moral abomination and national shame."
As already mentioned, the 1,475 children were not separated from their parents on the border. However, many who have been outraged over family disconnections on the Internet have tagged their tweets with the #WhereAreTheChildren or #MissingChildren hashtags to purposely or unintentionally connect the two topics.
Some who should be better informed have merged the two Federal officials had lost 1,500 immigrant children who were taken from their parents when they did not.
Other officials and celebrities seized the hashtag to propose protests and spread the story further.
However, Vox immigration reporter Dara Lind pointed out in a long thread in both The fact that HHS has already admitted that it does not apply to nearly 1,500 migrant children who were previously in custody does not make it clear that the Agency could perform better with a wider range of tasks.
extended duties to care for children separately from parents? They bet it's " Lind wrote." But that's [because] it's the agency that fails at its TRADITIONAL function and is now being asked to make a new one. "
The subject won On Saturday morning, when Trump tried to blame the Democrats for "the terrible law that separates children, as soon as they cross the border" – though there is no such law, and though it was a policy of his own
Trump also tried to use the issue to gather support for his proposed boundary wall  put pressure on the Democrats to end the terrible law that separates children from their parents as soon as they crossing the border into the US Catch and release, lottery and chain must also go along, and we MUST continue to build the WALL! DEMOCRATS PROTECT MS-13 THUGS.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018