HOW WILL THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA REACT?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 20, 2018) — In the wake of mainstream media reports and accusations that illegal-alien children are being kept in “cages” and conditions likened to “concentration camps” on the southern border after their parents crossed illegally, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he will sign an executive order to “keep families together” while also attempting to ensure national security.
“Your kids could be next,” two MSNBC pundits said last week. “Other governments have separate mothers and children,” tweeted former NSA chief Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret) on Friday, including a photo of one of the largest World War II concentration camps, where Jews, gypsies, the handicapped and infirm were gassed to death by Hitler’s Third Reich.
Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the launch of a “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal border-crossers.
After illegal aliens are apprehended, any children are kept in temporary shelters, then dormitory-like buildings, while their parents await adjudication of their cases in detention. By federal law, children cannot be held in detention centers since they did not violate the law.
On Monday DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said that if families present themselves to a designated “point of entry” seeking political asylum, they will be allowed temporary refuge in the U.S. and will not be separated. Each asylum case can take years to wend its ways through the courts.
As occurred during the summer of 2014, an increase in illegal border crossings began earlier this year which is overwhelming the capacity of the facilities currently available to house illegal-alien children while their parents await hearings.
There is reportedly only one facility, located in Pennsylvania, where whole families can await the outcome of immigration proceedings. The Obama regime, also, housed children separately from their parents in many cases. “It’s not a new situation,” said Rep. Robert Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Fox News at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, who said he visited a detention center in McAllen, TX during the Obama years and observed children separated from their parents.
Goodlatte added that while he sees the impending executive order as a positive step, it is not a permanent one.
There are currently more than 10,000 children from other countries who arrived in the U.S. without a parent or guardian, sometimes referred to as “unaccompanied alien children (UACs).” Those children are placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).
Two congressional immigration bills are scheduled to receive a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. Trump has urged Congress to act on immigration from the early days of his administration and said he currently supports “both” pending House bills.
On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted that he was “working on something” in the absence of legislative action.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.