"What the Obama administration did, which is what the law requires, is to find shelter facilities for those kids, which were put together by the Department of Health and Human Services". So these parents, who are following the law and trying to do everything right, are nevertheless torn apart from their children, potentially for months on end.
And the story has given rise to some confusion.
They are part of a broader rebound in illegal immigration that has deeply angered Trump. When the refugee office made calls last to determine the whereabouts of 7,635 children placed with sponsors past year, they learned that 6,075 children were still with their sponsors, 52 had relocated to live with a nonsponsor, 28 had run away, and five "had been removed from the United States".
To call the children lost, as many have, is misleading. Fifty-two had gone to live in different homes, 28 had run away and five had been deported. The Justice Department has reassigned additional prosecutors to the border region to increase the number of migrants it charges with federal crimes, but one veteran border agent said it was "too early to tell" if the tougher enforcement measures were giving pause to migrants thinking of making the journey from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. The photo captions reference children who crossed the border as unaccompanied minors. In the cases of the missing children, no one answered the phone. "But there's no reason to believe that anything has happened to the kids". What is actually driving the change is that Trump and administration officials dont want high numbers of people to be crossing the border to apply for asylum at all, no matter what they are fleeing. "Given that public outrage is growing over young kids being forcibly ripped from the arms of their parents at the border - a barbaric policy that Ivanka Trump is complicit in supporting".
Rainy Leonor, community organizer for the nonprofit, said the practice, which Trump officials have said is meant to discourage immigrants from Mexico and other Central American countries from seeking asylum in the United States, immediately caught her attention.
Throughout the day, advocates across the country rallied in town squares as well as outside U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field offices, U.S. attorney's offices, and the Deparment of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C., to pressure the Trump administration to immediately halt its "brutal practice" of separating families at the border.
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Grieving loved ones hunkered down at the Krupinski compound in East Hampton, with private security guards turning away reporters. The search covered more than 33 hours and saturated a 646 square-mile area before it was called off, the Coast Guard said.
Clinton said that more than 700 kids have been separated from their parents between October 2017 and April 2018.
Thousands of people have rallied in cities across the United States, calling on President Donald Trump to reverse a policy of separating undocumented parents from their children. And Nagda said that her organization has "absolutely" noticed an uptick in children being separated from their parents.
A DHS official told CBS News that of the children separated from their parents, "most likely, they've been reunited", but provided no specifics. Phone calls are not allowed. "Seeking asylum and the right to asylum is not a loophole, it is an worldwide right and a right that is guaranteed by our own laws", said Michelle Brané, the director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women's Refugee Commission, on a call with reporters Tuesday afternoon. It's a harrowing situation, one that the president himself called awful. "And then, yes, they would end up in this kind of longer-term, long-term foster care, a situation until their cases were resolved or until a sponsor could be found", McKenna said.
In a call with reporters, White House top adviser Stephen Miller made a series of assertions in his argument that Congress should pass laws sought by the administration on illegal immigration, particularly migration by families and children.
On May 7, The Washington Post reported on a secret government document that indicated discussions about splitting up families at the border as a way to nudge them towards not attempting illegal entries.
Miller also attacked the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and a 2015 court ruling on what's known as the Flores Settlement Agreement, a court case that goes back decades. Immigrants who present themselves at a U.S. border to claim asylum-something they have every right to do under United States and worldwide law-sometimes also have their children taken away from them.