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Child Separation at the Border



The debate over U.S. borders continues after President Trump set his zero tolerance policy in motion in June of 2018.  

According to The New York Times, in 2016 the U.S. granted legal citizenship to 1.8 million people from other nations. In 2014, approximately 12.1 million individuals resided in the US illegally. In 2000, 1.64 million people were apprehended at the U.S. border along with 40,000 children under the age of 18 traveling without a parent or guardian. Overall, the percentage of people being stopped at the borders has been in decline during the Obama and Trump presidencies.  

Politicians have to face the reality of border control. Millions of adults and unaccompanied children try to cross the United States border illegally each year. In 1998, former President Bill Clinton signed the Flores Settlement, a law that states that unaccompanied minors would be released to their parents or a legal guardian if they are deported. Former President George W. Bush’s anti-trafficking statute in 2000 states that if trafficking is not suspected, children will be released no later than 72 hours of containment.

Current President Donald Trump has created policies that make border security stricter by providing more border patrol officers. He also claimed that Democrats made the law that separated children from parents who cross the US-Mexico border illegally. According to the New York Times, this claim is not completely accurate because it was not a direct decision the democrats made. Under Obama, families were separated 70% less than they are under Trump. Over 2,000 children were separated from family members between May and June of 2018 under Trump’s policies.

“Democrats can fix their forced family break-up at the border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!” said Trump in June of 2018 via twitter. Two days later he accused the Democrats of being “weak and ineffective” with border security.  

“Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” said Stephanie Grisham, First Lady Melania Trump’s spokesperson, to Cable News Network (CNN).

Trump has also pointed out that the majority of the photos being used by the media were actually photos taken of children in holding areas when Obama was president. The solution for the immigration problem continues to be a debate.  As of June 20, 2018, President Trump signed an executive order to stop the separations. Nevertheless, people are still attempting to cross the border.