30 June 2018

Thematic Focus: U.S. Family Separation Round-up

[Note: I am re-posting this in light of several additions.]

News:

On 26 June 2018, a federal judge issued a ruling that effectively put an end to family separations at the border and required families to be reunified. Specifically, the order states: "Unless there is a determination that the parent is unfit or presents a danger to the child, or the parent affirmatively, knowingly, and voluntarily declines to be reunited with the child: (a) Defendants must reunify all Class Members with their minor children who are under the age of five (5) within fourteen (14) days of the entry of this Order; and (b) Defendants must reunify all Class Members with their minor children age five (5) and over within thirty (30) days of the entry of this Order."

The judge also noted that the personal property of detainees is tracked more efficiently and effectively by the government than their children are.

*In response, the Justice Dept. is arguing that "now that the judge has barred separation, the government could detain families until their legal hearings have concluded," raising speculation that the detention could extend beyond the 20 day limit established by the Flores Settlement.

Advocacy:

Nationwide Protests against Trump’s Family Separation Policy Planned for June 30 (Vox, June 2018) [text]
- Locate an event via MoveOn.

Publications: 

The American Public Deserves to Know the Truth about Family Separation (Immigration Impact Blog, June 2018) [text]

"Call a 1-800 Number and Wait: Migrant Parents Search for Their Children," NPR, 25 June 2018 [text]

Child Separation in the Courts (Just Security Blog, June 2018) [text]

*Global Responses to President Trump’s Family Separation via “Zero-Tolerance” Detention Policy (Just Security Blog, June 2018) [text]

How Family Separation Affects the Brain, According to a Neuroscientist and Migrant (World Economic Forum Blog, June 2018) [text]

How the Media Dealt a Major Blow to Donald Trump’s Family Separations Policy (The Conversation, June 2018) [text]

How Trump Administration Officials Can Be Found Criminally Culpable for Separating Children from Parents (Insightful Immigration Blog, June 2018) [text]

"‘ICE is Everywhere': Using Library Science to Map the Separation Crisis," Wired, 25 June 2018 [text]
- See also the Washington Post's mapping of facilities holding child migrants.

"More Toddlers Appear Alone in Court for Deportation under Family Separation," PBS News Hour, 28 June 2018 [text]

*"Parents and Children Remain Separated by Miles and Bureaucracy," New York Times, 30 June 2018 [text]

"Politics Pushes Central American Voices Out of Child Separation Coverage," Columbia Journalism Review, 26 June 2018 [text]

“State Department Report Warns Kids in Government-Run Facilities ‘Easy Targets’ for Human Traffickers,” Foreign Policy, 28 June 2018 [text]

Trump’s Cruel Separation Policy Has Not Ended (Human Rights Watch, June 2018) [text]

Trump’s Executive Order and the Flores Settlement Explained (Refugees International, June 2018) [text]

"Under Trump, Higher Immigration Bonds Mean Longer Family Separations," PBS News Hour, 28 June 2018 [text]

*"The U.S. Has A Long, Troubled History Of Detaining Families Together," NPR, 30 June 2018 [text]

*UPDATED

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children & Families - Pt. 2 (United States) (22 June 2018)

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