Maegan McCart-sophomore- March 8, 2017
Recently, Security Secretary, John Kelly Homeland, reported the move would be an attempt to stop families from making the perilous journey from Central America to source CNN. Tens of thousands of parents and children, many who are fleeing brutality in Honduras and El Salvador, have been detained coming across the border. His vow to build a wall on the Mexican border was very popular among his supporters.
Media reports on Friday, March 3rd , 2017, suggested the new policy would result in parents having to undergo the legal or deportation process while being kept in custody. However, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would watch over their children until they could be taken into the care of an American relative or state-vetted guardian. When asked about these media reports on Monday, March 6, 2017, Mr Kelly said: “Yes, I am considering – in order to deter more movement along this terribly dangerous network – I am considering exactly that.”
He also stated:”They will be well cared for as we deal with their parents.”
Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat who has a district about 200 miles from the border, has criticized the proposal to separate families.
He said: “Bottom line: separating mothers and children is wrong. That type of thing is where we depart from border security and get into violating human rights.”
In 2014, during President Barack Obama’s second term, the number of single-handed children hindering at the border reached crisis levels, with more than 50,000 caught that year. Others traveled with parents, and detention centers were set up to house families while their cases were being heard. Nevertheless, a federal judge in California ruled that keeping children in these centers was unlawful, even with their parents, so the families were released into the US.
- Washington Post