Over the weekend news reports emerged that the Department of Homeland Security has lost track of almost 1,500 minor children who had been placed into homes by the Office of Refugee and Resettlement. Most of those unaccounted for are unaccompanied children traveling to the United States from Central American countries without their parents. The Trump Administration is likely to add to the number of unaccompanied children as he separates more children from their parents as a means of deterring would be asylum seekers.
Members of US Congress are taking notice of the problem and have started an investigation. Attorney General Jeff Session has been holding press conferences in Arizona touting the Trump Administration’s policy to separate children from their parents as a means to deter asylum seekers from coming to the United States looking for refuge. The administration intends to criminally prosecute the parents and place children in foster care.
Needless to say there are many who work in this field from child advocates to immigration attorneys who are alarmed at the inhumane practice of separating children from their parents as an immigration policy. Shame on President Trump and the immigration hardliners advising his administration.