The left is suggesting that Trump is essentially putting these children in concentration camps. That he’s heartlessly pulling apart parents and children as a deterrent to immigration. They also aren’t careful to clarify when and why children are being detained separately from their parents.
It’s gotten so bad even Republicans are rushing to take a stand against Trump’s mean-spirited policies.
But as usual, the narrative the mainstream media is spinning is a bit different than what is actually happening.
So, let’s clarify a few things.
First of all, this policy does not affect families coming into established ports of entry and requesting asylum. While, in that case, the asylum request may take time to process, parents and children remain together while immigration officials decide whether or not to grant asylum.
This policy does affect families caught entering the country illegally. But not in the way you might think. Those families have a choice. They can agree to deportation, in which case, they will not be separated from their children. Or they can choose to remain and be prosecuted for illegal entry… in which case they will be separated from their children because we don’t put children into jail cells with their parents.
In fact, in 2014 and 2015, as a deterrent to immigrants considering coming here illegally, Obama’s administration was keeping children and mothers together in prison-like conditions —a practice that was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court in D.C.
So, the Trump administration is enforcing the law as it is currently written. The left would like him to pretend that all border crossings are legal. But that would be ignoring the law. Trump’s not doing that.
Under current laws, immigration officials cannot place children in the detention centers that parents are placed in because, again, we don’t put kids in jail when their parents do something wrong.
Oh, and one more thing. You may have seen a picture floating around of two children sleeping in a small chain-link cell. That’s from the Obama era.
Children detained under the Trump administration are living in dorms with access to recreation, education, and medical attention.
Is the process perfect? No, of course not. And there may be changes that we could make to the law to make this less traumatic for children brought here by desperate people exercising bad judgement. But until those changes are made… really what’s happening is a step up from how children were treated under Obama…
Once again, this is just another case of the media desperately trying to convince America that Obama could do no wrong and Trump can do no right.