A series of recent reports has drawn attention to immigration control along the Southern border of the U.S. Border.
- Hundreds of children have been separated from their families after crossing the border illegally.
- Officials have lost 1,475 children who were taken from their parents and placed with foster parents, apparently without sufficient rigor or background checks.
- It is suspected that some children were released to human traffikers.
- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been found to systematically mistreat and abuse the people in their care, as discovered by the ACLU. Even President Trump has called the recent behavior of the border officials “horrible” and has suggested that families should not be separated.
It’s worth noting that many of the “missing” children crossed the border alone — prior to the family separation policy — and may be safe with relatives. Some lawyers are are glad that U.S. officials are not excessively surveilling children after placement with relatives or foster parents.
But the series of scandals plaguing the Department of Homeland Security and their border devision demands investigation, and the policy of separating children from their families and placing them in detention facilities rank with abuse needs to end.
Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey (D) has expressed his strong opposition to these policies, but it’s still worth calling his office to pressure him to take action.
Since the policy was revealed, I have repeatedly called on the Administration to end the inhumane practice of separating migrant children from their parents.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) May 26, 2018