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 @realdonaldtrump wants to create new detention camps for families. Separating kids is unacceptable – but indefinite imprisonment of families is still cruel & inhumane.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 20, 2018
On #WorldRefugeeDay, we cannot ignore the humanitarian crisis happening on our border as desperate families flee violence & persecution. We should treat those seeking refuge with fairness & compassion. We should be helping to solve the global refugee crisis – not making it worse.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 20, 2018
And the Senator was not alone in her concerns.
You are absolutely correct! And there is no plan to reunite families! pic.twitter.com/AmJ3dP0kPx
— Susan Masten (@Susan_Masten) June 21, 2018
We need to get everyone of those children reunited with their parents. This needs to be a number one priority in our government.
— Thomas Salzman (@ThomasSalzman) June 20, 2018
Is @realDonaldTrump accountable to anyone?
— Danny #FBPE #peoplesvote #Remain (@dannymcgrory67) June 20, 2018
They’ve kidnapped those children.
— Julie Gerush (@italics220) June 21, 2018
Here we are, divided again, another trump win. Following an immoral law doesn’t make you a good person. It takes good people to change those laws. I’m tired of us all fighting over who’s right, what’s fake and things we hate. It’s time for all of us to be good humans
— Gnet (@g_net11) June 21, 2018
And reunification still needs to be addressed and accomplished. Please do not rest until every child is safe in the arms of a parent again!
— Lorena Uriarte (@ren_uriarte) June 20, 2018
This is abuse
— Barbara Tryon (@sherkatillion) June 20, 2018
yes it is shameful and inhuman! #notrump 😢
— Varance Landuzière (@Varance) June 21, 2018
It is child abuse and what is going to be done about it? If I abused someone’s child I would go to jail…..Abusing THOUSANDS of children should warrant impeachment to say the least!
— SecretSocietyMember (@bellef63) June 21, 2018
Imagine the outrage if another country was kidnapping our babies and children, and refusing to reunite them with their parents. Trump is evil, and if he refuses to reunite the babies & kids, he needs to be impeached, tried for human rights violations, and imprisoned.
— WriterNYC (@GirlNYC) June 20, 2018
This reminds me of his failed travel ban 5.4!!! Threw spaghetti 🍝 on the wall to see what stick approach is dangerous and down right evil.
— 🧚🏽♀️”Tink”🧚🏽♀️ ConstitutionalCrisisFighter (@TinkonTink) June 20, 2018
Elizabeth, he needs to be removed. He is a danger to the US. The children need an independent advocate or commission appointed to provide immediate oversite, ensure they are found, kept safe and returned with all due speed.
— Elizabethnotthequeen (@Elizabe80758699) June 20, 2018
Please promise us that If @TheDemocrats win a majority, you will IMMEDIATELY begin work on getting rid of this #DictatorTrump. I don’t know how much longer our #Democracy can survive these constant attacks.
— 🇺🇸 Brad 🏳️🌈 (@shoptb1) June 21, 2018
Thats how the State of NM ended up raising me. It’s disgusting and is manipulation on every level. Those children will never be normal again. Its a horrific experience. Ran away at 16 cuz I was safer on the S.F. streets .
— Cranky Mo Fo George (@CrankiusGeorge) June 21, 2018
Interesting how Cheeto has not built on our humanitarian heritage but ridiculed every institution & previous administration for their efforts to improve the human condition. Time for him to resign. He’s totally lost!
— Barry Thompson (@ActioncyclBarry) June 21, 2018
Call on the @UN to Sanction America for human rights abuses. It’s the right thing to do!!
— Karen Girgenti (@sissyroxx) June 21, 2018
— Karen Brandon (@KayBeePT) June 21, 2018
They should have just tattooed numbers on their forearms, like the last time this happened…
— Steve Anderson (@tiedyesteve_com) June 21, 2018
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.
— Brad Blitz (@ProfessorBlitz) June 20, 2018
And questions are being asked about the money being made by those creating and running the Trump concentration camps.
Follow the money as per usual
— Serra Klunk (@KittensCupboard) June 21, 2018
Someone is making money on the backs of these people.
— Val Gratias (@GratiasVal) June 21, 2018
Very likely the shareholders of the privatized prison systems. 😕
— Super Hot Fire (@SupaHawtFiyah) June 21, 2018
He’s created THE NEW AND IMPROVED PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, this one for families with babies and children seeking asylum. More money.
— Crankypants Buddhist (@lindamickle) June 21, 2018
The owner of the non profit detention centers are profiting 1.5 BILLION! HOW IS THAT NON PROFIT! They have a prearrangement with tRump!
— Fran Tray🌊😜😍👍❄🌨 (@fran_tray) June 21, 2018