Migrants who ‘invade’ United States have no right to due process, says Trump

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 25, 2018

The government has reunited 522 immigrant children who were recently separated from their parents under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, the Homeland Security department said late Saturday.

Lawyers working to reunite families said they were struggling to navigate a labyrinthine process.

But he bowed to public pressure last week and reversed a policy of separating adults and children who enter the USA illegally together at the border with Mexico, though his "zero-tolerance" policy of criminally prosecuting all illegal border-crossers remains.

President Donald Trump signed an order this week to keep families detained together during immigration proceedings.

McCaul is suggesting Congress may need to pass a "skinny" immigration bill dealing with family separation if the more wide-ranging version fails. She says she doesn't know how many parents she has connected with so far. Asked if Trump was doing that, Walden pivoted toward a door and said, "I'll leave it at that".

Hundreds of people rallied near a Homestead, Florida, facility where immigrant children are being held.

It doesn't state how long it might take to reunite families. The factsheet said the Trump administration has a process for how parents would be reunited with their children "for the purposes of removal", or deportation from the US.

Lankford, who has moved to spearhead a short-term congressional fix on the family separation issue, acknowledged that Trump's rhetoric on immigration has been polarizing.

"Her son is deaf and mute, so they can't communicate", said Shebaya, a member of the Virginia-based Dulles Justice Coalition, a nonpartisan alliance of volunteers from legal non-profits and law firms.

"We don't see going back to where we came from as an option", Jose Abel Mendez, 28, who traveled from El Salvador with his wife and children, aged 10 months, six and 10, told AFP in the border city of Tijuana.

"They're all on concrete floors in cages, there's just no other way to describe it", she said.

"We can not simply take them at their word, especially when we are getting conflicting messages", said Efrén C. Olivares, a racial and economic justice director for the Texas Civil Rights Project in McAllen.

She came back and he was gone, Garcia said.

Also, once children are in HHS custody, procedures require that they be released to someone who qualifies as a "sponsor" under the agency's policies, which would nearly certainly exclude an adult in DHS detention facilities, meaning parents can't be reunited until the government decides to release them or deport them.

But in McAllen, Olivares said the Civil Rights Project has interviewed more than 375 immigrant families, and "Everyone we have interviewed has not been told any of that information".

The "zero-tolerance policy" of criminally prosecuting anyone caught illegally crossing the border remains in effect, officials have said, despite confusion on the ground on how to carry out Trump's order.

Also on Sunday, CNN reported that a teenage boy ran away from Southwest Key Program's Casa Padre shelter, a converted Walmart in Brownsville that houses more than 1,400 migrant children. "No one really knows where their children are - except for the government".

Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday that the federal government should appoint the czar until officials reunite all of the families that were separated.

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