Almost 2,000 children were separated from their families at the US Southern Border over a six-week period between mid-April and the end of May during a crackdown on illegal entries, according to Department of Homeland Security figures obtained by the Associated Press. The figures show that 1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults from April 19 through May 31. The separations were not broken down by age and included separations for illegal entry, immigration violations or possible criminal conduct by the adult.
Over the past several days, a heated public debate has raged over Trump administration’s policy towards migrant children. The policy has been widely criticised by church groups, politicians and children’s advocates who say it is inhumane. Social media is abuzz with hashtags such as #WhereAreTheChildren and #MissingChildren.
Illegal migrants and asylum seekers have been the core issue of Trump administration. Under a “zero tolerance” policy announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, all those apprehended entering the United States illegally, including those seeking asylum, would be criminally charged. The US protocol also prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with the crime, which generally leads to them being separated from their families.
On May 7, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, “If you’re smuggling a child, ...