Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

U.S. reunites 552 migrant children in wake of ‘zero tolerance’ rule reversal

U.S. reunites 552 migrant children in wake of ‘zero tolerance’ rule reversal

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said late Saturday that its knows the location of all children separated from their parents at the border as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

More than 2,300 children were taken from their families in recent weeks under a Trump administration "zero tolerance" policy in which people entering the USA illegally face being prosecuted.

The fallout from Trump's handling of the separation of immigrant children from their families, which led to a sharp reversal from the president, has been reminiscent of the chaos sparked when Trump opened his administration by imposing a travel ban on immigrants entering from majority Muslim countries.

Trump continued to make political hay out of the crisis, accusing Democrats of "playing games" and not supporting tougher border policies.

Indian-Americans, most of whom are highly skilled and came to the United States mainly on H-1B work visas, are the worst sufferers of the current immigration system which imposes a seven per cent per country quota on allotment of green cards or permanent legal residency. Deportation proceedings, however, can take months to complete, and DHS officials have not said whether families would be reunited in the meantime - even in cases where the family is planning to claim asylum. Asked if Trump was doing that, Walden pivoted toward a door and said, "I'll leave it at that".

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"Won't be easy to house families together, but we must do it", Rubio tweeted after visiting a facility in Homestead, Florida.

Republican apprehension over President Donald Trump's next tweet and fear of riling conservative voters are undermining GOP leaders' election-year struggle to shove an immigration bill through the House this week, leaving their prospects dubious. If they're to be deported, the family will reunite prior to deportation. The government "is working to reunite them with their families", the statement said.

He says "at a minimum" the House needs to address the separation of immigrant children from their families at the southern border, calling it "inhumane".

They said they're unsuitable for housing children.

Protests and rallies focused around the separation of families at the U.S. -Mexico border are scheduled this weekend, while more than two dozen congressional Democrats plan to visit detention facilities in Texas.

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They described seeing children sleeping behind bars, on concrete floors and under emergency "mylar" heat-resistant blankets.

"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. She says, "That's not the America that we know".

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".

A protester holds up a sign as mayors from U.S. cities are stopped from entering the children's tent encampment built to deal with the Trump administrations "zero tolerance" policy in Tornillo, Texas, U.S. June 21, 2018. Parents and children were being detained separately.

Despite steps by lawmakers from both the Republican and Democratic parties, the Congress has been unable to lift the country-limit.

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DHS said that 522 had been reunited since the policy began, with 16 more reunions in process delayed due to weather.

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