Sunday, June 24, 2018

There are solutions to the family separation crisis. But who’s interested in solving the problem?

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There is a crisis on America’s southern border, and it is horrific. But who’s interested in a solution?
President Donald Trump’s administration is weathering scathing criticism from the media, Democrats, and even some conservatives over the “zero-tolerance” policy of prosecuting illegal immigrants enacted in April. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that every adult who crosses the border illegally will be prosecuted has led to the separation of children from their parents, as the adults are detained by U.S. Marshals and the kids are placed into the custody of HHS.
Family units who follow the law and appear at ports of entry to claim asylum are not separated, though the overwhelming surge of migrants is causing backups and straining the limited resources of the government. Those who do not appear at ports of entry break the law, and if every adult is prosecuted, the government is required to separate the children while the adults are processed.
The intent of the administration’s policy is good: Trump believes in the rule of law, and the social ills of illegal immigration are numerous and terrible. Failure to enforce border law empowers human traffickers and violent gangs, fuels the nation’s drug crisis, and permanently separates families from their loved ones who are victims of violent crime and drug addiction. But the unintended consequences of Trump’s zero-tolerance enforcement are heartbreaking.
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