Trump is Holding Children for Ransom

The U.S. Government is Holding Children for Ransom

The Southwest Political Report

By: Irene Sanchez

DHS is a child abduction agency.

This is ransom.

This is the United States of America.

The white supremacist in chief and con-man extraordinaire is leading the policies on immigration. The U.S. government is holding immigrant children for ransom.

June 24, 2018, The Texas Tribune broke a story how immigrants are being told by federal agents that if they signed voluntary departure forms and abandon their asylum cases they would be reunited with their children upon departure. They specifically highlighted a father’s case from Honduras.

“I was told I would not be deported without my daughter,” said Carlos, adding that he’s now hoping to revoke the voluntary deportation order he signed and get legal help to fight his case. “I signed it out of desperation… but the truth is I can’t go back to Honduras; I need help.”

This story is part of an ongoing investigative series by the Texas Tribune. Although Carlos was told he would be reunited with his daughter at the airport, he has now retained a lawyer to fight his case as he signed the form under duress.

A “fact” sheet titled “Fact Sheet: Zero-Tolerance Prosecution and Family Reunification” was released by the Department of Homeland Security just a day before on June 23, 2018 states,

“A parent who is ordered removed from the U.S. may request that his or her minor child accompany them. It should be noted that in the past many parents have elected to be removed without their children.”

May request. A parent may request their children, but does that mean they will get them back? No. This fact sheet highlights that parents have “elected” to be removed without their children or could it be that they are deported before they even have a chance for reunification? Does DHS have any idea where the children are? No.

Multiple reports throughout the past week have shown how parents are struggling to locate their children who have been scattered throughout the country. As the New York Times reported, at least 2,300 children are in these prisons,

“The system has an estimated 100 shelters in 17 states. The Department of Health and Human Services has not indicated which of these shelters the recently separated children were sent to, but state and local officials have confirmed that some were sent as far as New York, Oregon, California and Florida.”

DHS states in the fact sheet that it gives children the opportunity to speak within 24 hours of imprisonment only if a parent has been vetted. DHS gives no information as to what the vetting process looks like and how many children have spoken with any parent or guardian,

“Within 24 hours of arriving at an HHS funded facility minors are given the opportunity to communicate with a vetted parent, guardian or relative.”

In addition, 45 posted a series of tweets recently stating that immigration to the U.S. should be based on merit and doors should only be opened to those who will help Make America Great Again. He likened people escaping violence in countries to criminals. People escaping violence where U.S. capitalism and imperialism invaded and has left war torn legacies of violence across the Americas, but especially those from Central America and Mexico.

“We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. Most children come without parents…”

He has consistently called immigrants from Latin America or as he likes to say “shithole” countries- animals, thrown children in cages, and referred to immigrants as an infestation. What 45 wants isn’t to “Make America Great Again”, he wants an ethnic cleansing and that was part of the white supremacist platform that got him elected.

We have no reason to believe this government will ever reunite families. It is part of the agenda of racism and also the parallel agenda of making profits off imprisoning more people. We have no reason to trust DHS.

We can’t believe “facts” when all they have given the people is fiction.

DHS is a child abduction agency.

This is ransom.

This is the United States of America.

We can not wait for them to fix this anymore. We have to do something now.

Photo: Alia Salem

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