We Need Some Brakes on the Perpetual Outrage Machine: Separating Migrant Children Edition
So as one might expect, the whole "crying migrant child" who was brutally torn away from her mother by the evil Trump regime that resulted in this Time Magazine cover...
...wasn't exactly all it was made up to be. From The Daily Mail,
"The father of the Honduran girl who became the face of the family separation crisis has revealed that he still has not been in touch with his wife or daughter but was happy to learn they are safe.
"Denis, who works as a captain at a port on the coast of Puerto Cortes, explained that things back home were fine but not great, and that his wife was seeking political asylum.
"He said that Sandra set out on the 1,800-mile journey with the baby girl on June 3, at 6am, and he has not heard from her since.
"'I never got the chance to say goodbye to my daughter and now all I can do is wait', he said, adding that he hopes they are either granted political asylum or are sent back home."
Not exactly Mother-of-the-Year material there. And then check out this correction from the aforementioned Time Magazine,
"Correction: The original version of this story misstated what happened to the girl in the photo after she taken from the scene. The girl was not carried away screaming by U.S. Border Patrol agents; her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together."
Kinda makes me feel like posting this:
And while the policy to separate children at the border is a bad one, it's not exactly obvious what to do about differently. Furthermore, it's not like these facilities are "concentration camps" and "literally Hitler" or whatever. From the National Review,
"When a migrant is prosecuted for illegal entry, he or she is taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals. In no circumstance anywhere in the U.S. do the marshals care for the children of people they take into custody. The child is taken into the custody of HHS, who cares for them at temporary shelters.
"The criminal proceedings are exceptionally short, assuming there is no aggravating factor such as a prior illegal entity or another crime. The migrants generally plead guilty, and they are then sentenced to time served, typically all in the same day, although practices vary along the border. After this, they are returned to the custody of ICE.
"If the adult then wants to go home, in keeping with the expedited order of removal that is issued as a matter of course, it’s relatively simple. The adult should be reunited quickly with his or her child, and the family returned home as a unit. In this scenario, there’s only a very brief separation.
"Where it becomes much more of an issue is if the adult files an asylum claim. In that scenario, the adults are almost certainly going to be detained longer than the government is allowed to hold their children."
It's when the migrant seeks asylum that things get messy. It can take a while and if you let the person go (i.e. "catch and release), you'll rarely ever see that person again.
And while not ideal, it's not like these facilities are decrepit cesspools. The pictures of the facilities appear to be at least adequate. Furthermore, remember all those horrible photos of "caged migrants" floating about the Internet by liberal journalists? Well, those were from 2014 and 2015 when Obama was president.
Honestly, can we please tone down this perpetual outrage machine?
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