Given the sudden increase with undocumented immigrants coming from Central America, the Administration is considering a policy to separating children from their parents at the southern borders, a source from the Department of National Security (DHS) confirmed Thursday.
Although Immigration agents have already been separating children from their parents – as some pro-immigrant groups have already documented – the changes that President Donald Trump is considering to strengthen border security would establish that practice as a formal policy.
This newspaper (Conspiracy Talk News) obtained confirmation from the DHS of the news published by “The Washington Post”, which basically summarises several of the measures that the agency has already begun to adopt.
These measures include the separation of children from their parents – parents would be placed in detention centres, and children would be transferred to shelters – and the repression of undocumented parents who pay smugglers to bring their children to the United States.
DHS will seek to expedite the deportation of parents when they try to recover children from government shelters, when proven that they are in the country illegally.
Currently, parents or adults requesting custody of a minor in a shelter of the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) undergo an extensive background check that includes data on their immigration status.
That information is allegedly not collated with DHS data or shared with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but the government wants to change that practice.
“Illegal immigration has dropped dramatically in the last year under President Trump. To achieve those goals, DHS, in cooperation with other agencies, reviewed legislative changes, procedural changes, policies, and regulations … DHS approved some and is working with other agencies to implement them in the future, “spokesman Tyler Houlton told the newspaper.
“The Administration is committed to using all the legal tools at its disposal to safeguard our nation’s borders, and as a result, we continue to review additional policy options,” Houlton said.
Mr. Houlton did not want to specify when the new Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, will make an announcement with the new policies.
But these measures, filtered to the press on the eve of Christmas, do not occur in a vacuum, but respond to a sudden change in the number of arrests on the southern border.
After several months of continuous decline in illegal crossings, last month the authorities registered an increase of 45% compared to October. Thus, in November, the authorities detained 7,018 families on the southern parts of the border, and 4,000 unaccompanied, undocumented children, or an increase of 26%, according to the most recent figures.
In all, the Border Patrol arrested 29,086 children and families on the southern border last month, compared with 25,492 in October.