As though the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents wasn’t already disturbing enough, the administration recently admitted in a relevant court filing that at least one of the children under five — and the parent from whom the child was separated — could possibly be United States Citizens.
Brad Heath, an investigative reporter for USA Today, analyzed the filing on Twitter and broke it down for his followers.
The revelation that the Trump administration could essentially be kidnapping its own citizens was by far the most shocking finding.
DOJ says one child under 5 can't be reunited because "the parent's location has been unknown for more than a year." Also, both the parent and the child who's been in the government's custody "might be U.S. citizens." pic.twitter.com/gOCO0jCY8O
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) July 10, 2018
The administration still won’t disclose just how many separated minors remain in the care of Health and Human Services since President Trump withdrew his separation policy two weeks ago, but the number is believed to be in the thousands.
Americans took to Twitter to express their outrage.
This is what happens when rogue agencies like ICE go unchecked. US Citizen child likely kidnapped and detained. https://t.co/SQnYM2jQUM
— Comrade Linda Brown (@LaBrownAZ) July 10, 2018
U.S. citizens?!? What the hell?!?!?
— Stephanie (@SwannDives) July 10, 2018
Will SOMEONE please find out WHAT THE HELL is going on and FIX it, pronto! The judge is giving them too much leniency, he needs to throw down his gavel & DEMAND answers & accountability, NOW! And @neilson needs to RESIGN!
— Janet McDonald (@YuleeJanet) July 10, 2018
And wondered why there isn’t more outrage.
So they are saying that they MAY have a US Citizen in custody without due process and no one is saying much?
This would be a Constitutional fiasco of biblical proportions!!
— Jim Berman (@BigEasyDaddy) July 10, 2018
Some are less surprised.
👀 Yes, US citizens can get separated from their children and deported too. The less due process we have in immigration proceedings, the more often this will happen. https://t.co/XdDekEFh3R
— Al Otro Lado (@AlOtroLado_Org) July 10, 2018
"Might be US citizens". Were detained and separated anyway.
Gee, interesting judgment call there 🤔
— b-psycho needs your help (@bpsycho1) July 10, 2018
This is just the latest in a string of horror stories coming out of the detention camps and at the hands of ICE.