Still Stealing Babies, Still Trying for a Wall

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“It is important to recognize that we are talking about human beings,” Judge Sabraw said at a hearing in February, “that every person needs to be accounted for.” Turns out the Trump administration was taking children away from immigrant parents before they announced the policy and continued doing so after they said they were ending the policy, Judge Dana Sabraw ordered that they find and list all the separated children, though the administration maintains that is too much trouble and they don’t even know if it’s possible, since they didn’t make a record of what children they took from what parents.

The New York Times reports several horror stories, including this one:

“Ruben Garcia, who runs a network of migrant shelters in El Paso, said that immigration authorities this month dropped off a distraught 18-year-old woman from Guatemala.

“The woman said she had given birth less than a week earlier and had been separated from her baby. Child welfare authorities had come to the hospital to take the child, who was a United States citizen; immigration agents took the mother back to a detention cell where she waited for several days. The baby’s first two weeks were spent away from the mother, who finally regained custody after interventions from multiple legal-aid groups, Mr. Garcia said.”

Today the administration unveiled its 2018 budget, which includes several immigration-related provisions:

  • $8.6 billion for a border wall—Chance of passing: zero.
  • Mandatory use of E-Verify by all employers—Now that headlines show Trump golf courses’ pattern of hiring undocumented workers, and reveal that the Trump Organization didn’t use (the glitchy but supposedly improved) E-Verify program, they promise to start using it.  
  • $2.7 billion to pay for more immigration jails—With the proposed increase in detention beds to 54,000, look for private prison stock to rise.
  • $673 million for immigration courts (the Executive Office for Immigration Review—EOIR) to hire more judges to deal with the backlog of nearly a million cases. Not clear how this squares with the recent move to pause all immigration court hiring.

About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet, www.tcdailyplanet.net, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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