There has been a lot of hootin’ & hollerin’ goin’ on in DC and around the country regarding “separating parents from their children”at the borders. In fact, one side says there is no law, one side cites a court case, one side wants a campaign issue to run on, one side wants to settle it. What is true, what is false? Here’s the truth.
First and foremost, Donald Trump is wrong when he says the Democrats passed a “law” that makes separating children from their parents necessary. It’s not a law, it was a court decision in 1997 called the “Flores Decision”. It was a class action lawsuit that dealt with “catch and release” of minors picked up by Immigration at the border. The only position I can find that it was Democrats that “passed the law” was that it occurred when Bill Clinton was president. But it dealt with issues in the 1980’s and that would fall under Ronald Reagan and possibly Jimmy Carter. So, no…Democrats didn’t “give us” this bad law.
The ruling said that the child should be temporarily placed with a relative or at least a friend instead of being locked up. If there was no relative or friend here in this country, and the parent or supposed parent would be either a threat to the child or would be imprisoned themselves, then the child should be kept in the “least restrictive environment possible”. And of course, the child should be released as soon as possible. That’s what the court decision said.
Second, there is a couple of very good logical reasons (instead of the emotional reasons that liberals and Laura Bush are giving) for separating children from parents. First and foremost is the fact is there are about 2,000 families being “separated” at this point in time. Most of those (more than half according to ICE) involve one or two adults coming across the border illegally, with a child that it turns out, is NOT theirs. They are picking up homeless kids on the way, and bringing them across the border, claiming that they are their kids. DNA testing shows that’s not the case. In that case, both the “parent” and the child are deported.
Another reason to separate the child from the adult in these cases is if the adult is found to have been guilty of a crime and is themselves incarcerated. You don’t want to lock up a child with an adult in an adult detention facility. All sorts of bad things can happen. Hell, all sorts of bad things happen to adults in that situation.
I think the reason that Jeff Sessions said in the first place that they’d be separating child from adult in these instances is because he was trying to send a message (obviously one that liberals didn’t understand) that if you’re going to commit a crime and come to this country, and you bring a child with you, you’re going to lose that child. That was meant to be a deterrent that basically you should leave the kid at home, or better yet, not come yourself. Liberals always seem to forget there IS a law regarding immigration and these folks have ALL broken that law!
Do we need a solution quickly? Sure we do. Nobody wants to see real, true families broken up. That’s ludicrous and anybody that suggests otherwise is playing an emotional card that shows their stupidity. But, if there is to be a law written to do it, who’s job is it to accomplish that feat? Well, as we learned with Obama’s attempts to write laws, then get slapped down by the Supreme Court, it’s the Congress that can end this today. Get a bill together, send it to the president to sign, and he signs it. Then it IS a law, and then the separation stops. Isn’t it easy when you follow the Constitution?
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!