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Fact or Fiction: Are Democrats to Blame for the Law Requiring Families to Be Separated at the Border?

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it is committed to connecting parents and children "as quickly as possible after separation".

Stories like hers are not unique, said Efrén Olivares, racial and economic justice director of the Alamo-based Texas Civil Rights Project, one of the four legal advocacy groups that filed the complaint on behalf of five Central American families arguing that the US government's "zero tolerance" policy of separating migrant parents and children who enter the country illegally violates worldwide law.

Cut through the noise.

By the time the photos in question were taken on June 18, 2014, more than 47,000 unaccompanied children illegally crossed the us border. The 1,475 minors that ORR lost track of last fall come from the former group. Fifty-two had gone to live in different homes, 28 had run away and five had been deported.

There has been a ton of outrage surrounding these unaccounted minors.

"In the last fiscal year, in 14 percent of those calls, the family didn't answer the phone", said top HHS official Steven Wagner to reporters Tuesday.

As the New York Times correction notes, those unaccompanied minors are not in federal custody anymore.

Family separations increased in April when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his office was imposing a "zero tolerance" policy on migrants who enter the country illegally. Data reviewed by The New York Times in late April says that almost 700 children, including more than 100 under the age of four, have been separated from people claiming to be their parents. Going back to the presidency of George W. Bush, this policy was created to offer noncriminal immigrants a way to earn temporary status in the US while awaiting a ruling on whether they would be granted asylum. "I want to be clear", deputy ICE director Thomas Homan said at a May 7 event. The policy sets criminal penalties for individuals trying to cross the border, among other punitive measures.

"In 2014, we saw an enormous spike compared to what usually happens every year, in the number of kids crossing alone into the United States", she said.

Here's the issue: Neither case requires parents to be separated from their children.

Did the USA really lose some 1500 migrant children?

"There is no process in place for children to communicate with their parents, or for them to know where their parents are or, vice versa, for the parents to communicate with their children", the complaint reads. But they don't support the president's claims. Gold wrote that she took down her message because it "gave impression of recent photos". And that kid has to be scared. The children in the photos crossed the same boundary illegally in 2014. He also complained that TVPRA requires the government to transfer children out of DHS custody and try to find them a suitable sponsor or family member to live with in the United States and doesn't allow the administration to merely turn unaccompanied children around at the border, allowing them to pursue their claims in court.

The New York Times misreported Saturday that the Trump administration "lost track of almost 1,500 migrant children" then followed upon Monday, not with a correction or apology, but by accusing President Trump with "spreading wrong information" about federal authorities ripping children from their parents' arms at the border, and then losing them.

A New York Times report and a USA Today report both had to issue corrections after they claimed that the Trump administration had "lost track" of almost 1,500 unaccompanied minors who had crossed the southern border and been resettled across the country. Customs and Border Patrol (CPB), which includes ICE, denied the claims, saying its inspector general reviewed some number of them and found them without merit.

Enraged by the rise of a shaky statistic (how many immigrants are apprehended at the border each month), Trump has convinced himself that wrenching apart families would serve as a disincentive to illegal crossings. CPB originally said that Gomez was part of a group that attacked the agent with blunt weapons, but modified its story on Friday, dropping all references to weapons.

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