On Wednesday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to halt the effects of a policy change his administration enacted. In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department would treat all people entering the United States through the southern border without prior authorization, whether they sought asylum or not, as criminals.
In the past, many of the cases went to civil immigration court, not criminal court.
By categorizing everyone as a criminal, they would all be remanded to jail or prison awaiting criminal court proceedings. However this meant their children would need to be taken into federal custody separate from their parents.
In under a month, 2,300 children were taken into federal custody creating a crisis in housing and caring for the children separated solely because of a change in policy by the Trump administration. After massive public outcry about Trump's new policy and it's effects, the president signed his executive order allowing the children to be housed with their families.
But what of all the children, over 2,300 of them, already sitting alone in federal custody? That's exactly what Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren wants to know.
This isn’t over. Thousands of kids have been ripped from their parents with no plan to reunite them. And now… https://t.co/gMiJwZzQtI— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1529530641.0
On #WorldRefugeeDay, we cannot ignore the humanitarian crisis happening on our border as desperate families flee vi… https://t.co/ecoGve7HFR— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1529518974.0
And the Senator was not alone in her concerns.
@SenWarren @realDonaldTrump You are absolutely correct! And there is no plan to reunite families! https://t.co/AmJ3dP0kPx— Susan Masten (@Susan Masten)1529545728.0
@SenWarren @KBock414 @realDonaldTrump We need to get everyone of those children reunited with their parents. This n… https://t.co/NWbiPikExR— Thomas Salzman (@Thomas Salzman)1529531711.0
@SenWarren @realDonaldTrump Is @realDonaldTrump accountable to anyone?— Danny #FBPE #RevokeA50 #Remain🇪🇺 (@Danny #FBPE #RevokeA50 #Remain🇪🇺)1529530908.0
@SenWarren @realDonaldTrump They’ve kidnapped those children.— Julie Gerush (@Julie Gerush)1529541517.0
@SenWarren @realDonaldTrump And reunification still needs to be addressed and accomplished. Please do not rest unti… https://t.co/hinemk2dY6— Lorena Uriarte (@Lorena Uriarte)1529535927.0
@SenWarren @realDonaldTrump This is abuse— Barbara Tryon (@Barbara Tryon)1529532066.0
@SenWarren @MiaFarrow @realDonaldTrump yes it is shameful and inhuman! #notrump 😢— Varance Landuzière (@Varance Landuzière)1529542926.0
@SenWarren @realDonaldTrump It is child abuse and what is going to be done about it? If I abused someone's child I… https://t.co/ewiW0LI7Pg— Secret Society Member (@Secret Society Member)1529541551.0
@SenWarren @realDonaldTrump Imagine the outrage if another country was kidnapping our babies and children, and refu… https://t.co/2s4dXetCuC— WriterNYC (@WriterNYC)1529536874.0
@SenWarren @realDonaldTrump This reminds me of his failed travel ban 5.4!!! Threw spaghetti 🍝 on the wall to see wh… https://t.co/vjtc2PRWUu— 🧚🏽♀️”Tink4Tac🧚🏽♀️ (@🧚🏽♀️”Tink4Tac🧚🏽♀️)1529537621.0
@SenWarren @hartingtonb @realDonaldTrump Elizabeth, he needs to be removed. He is a danger to the US. The children… https://t.co/8ILk3cS4mB— Elizabethnotthequeen (@Elizabethnotthequeen)1529536805.0
@SenWarren @realDonaldTrump Please promise us that If @TheDemocrats win a majority, you will IMMEDIATELY begin work… https://t.co/nkfsOKfku1— 🇺🇸 Brad 🏳️🌈 (@🇺🇸 Brad 🏳️🌈)1529544410.0
@SenWarren @Marta8153 @realDonaldTrump Thats how the State of NM ended up raising me. It's disgusting and is manipu… https://t.co/4cRO8leMxX— Crankius Fuckington George esq. (@Crankius Fuckington George esq.)1529549041.0
@SenWarren @realDonaldTrump Interesting how Cheeto has not built on our humanitarian heritage but ridiculed every i… https://t.co/AcQbUndjuL— Barry Thompson (@Barry Thompson)1529562686.0
@SenWarren @rantonthiz @realDonaldTrump Call on the @UN to Sanction America for human rights abuses. It's the right thing to do!!— Karen Girgenti 🆘 Embarrassed By The Shih Tzu Say (@Karen Girgenti 🆘 Embarrassed By The Shih Tzu Say)1529577580.0
@SenWarren @realDonaldTrump Not over? Still have to reunite the families in “detention” this admin had #noplan a di… https://t.co/AwF8HthbrB— Karen Brandon (@Karen Brandon)1529540297.0
@SenWarren @realDonaldTrump They should have just tattooed numbers on their forearms, like the last time this happened...— Steve Anderson (@Steve Anderson)1529541206.0
Others questioned the new plan of placing the families intact into concentration camps instead of just having the children alone in the Trump concentration camps.
@SenWarren @textifyer59 @realDonaldTrump Warning from Europe - some of the psychosocial damages & logical challenge… https://t.co/rfqrtewkuY— Brad Blitz (@Brad Blitz)1529537364.0
And questions are being asked about the money being made by those creating and running the Trump concentration camps.
@SenWarren @realDonaldTrump Follow the money as per usual— Serra Klunk (@Serra Klunk)1529541851.0
@SenWarren @TheMorpheus61 @realDonaldTrump Someone is making money on the backs of these people.— Val Gratias (@Val Gratias)1529546301.0
@GratiasVal @SenWarren @TheMorpheus61 @realDonaldTrump Very likely the shareholders of the privatized prison systems. 😕— Tweets on Fire (@Tweets on Fire)1529589689.0
@SenWarren @realDonaldTrump He's created THE NEW AND IMPROVED PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, this one for families with… https://t.co/6aNhpdyy9n— Crankypants Buddhist (@Crankypants Buddhist)1529539854.0
@SenWarren @realDonaldTrump The owner of the non profit detention centers are profiting 1.5 BILLION! HOW IS THAT NO… https://t.co/DnihE0k2ZU— Fran Tray🌊😜😍👍❄️🌨 (@Fran Tray🌊😜😍👍❄️🌨)1529547374.0