Help me understand this. If American citizens are caught breaking the law and are put in jail and their children are put with other relatives or in temporary foster care, that’s okay with the Democrats. But if illegal border crossers are caught breaking the law and are put in jail and their children are put with other relatives or in temporary foster care, that’s not okay with the Democrats, and they scream their lungs out in protest.
Under the Trump administration, children who are separated from their parents who cross the border illegally are put in the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (HSSORR).While in the care of HSSORR, these children are given three meals plus snacks each day, they attend six hours of school each day, they are allowed outside in the fresh air for two hours each day, they live in air conditioned buildings, they have real mattresses on which to sleep, they are allowed two phone calls each week, and there are doctors and caseworkers on site. Even MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff reported that, “there are licensed professionals in there who are taking care of the children, there are no cages, there are no fences that have been described at some of the border patrol stations.”
Under the Obama administration “minors caught illegally crossing the border were stuffed into the equivalent of dog kennels.” The pictures that have gone viral on the Internet of minors lying on the floor in cages were taken in 2014 (under Obama) not in 2018.
So help me understand why Democrats such as Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (FL) would tweet, “The American people deserve to see the cruel way the Trump administration is treating children” even though they ignored the living conditions of illegal minors under Obama.
Illegally entering this country is a misdemeanor. (Illegally re-entering this country is a felony.) So if a family comes over the border and is caught, the parents are put in jail and the children are put into the care of HSSORR because federal law won’t allow children to be put in federal prisons. If the parents agree to go back home, they are generally sentenced to time served – frequently only a day – and are reunited with their children before they are sent back across the border. If the parents ask for asylum, it takes much longer. Under something called the Flores Consent Decree from 1997, children can only be held for 20 days. After that HSSORR tries to place them with relatives – if any can be found legally in the country.Otherwise, the law requires the children to be turned out. So even though the government would like to hold families of asylum seekers together, the courts won’t let them. Congress could fix this by doing away with Flores and providing more funding for family shelters at the border. So help me understand why the media blame President Trump for upholding the law instead of blaming Congress for writing such a law and refusing to change the law.
President Trump did try to fix the situation by signing an executive order that instructs the Department of Homeland Security to maintain custody of detained families (and keep them together), to find or construct facilities to house detained families, and to prioritize their cases to settle them first. So help me understand why the Democrats aren’t happy that the President is taking positive steps to keep children with their families – which has been the big complaint – but are claiming that the courts will declare his order violates the law – the law that they won’t fix.
I could continue with these comparisons, but we all understand what is really happening. The illegals and their children are just being used as pawns in a Democratic Party power play. It isn’t about the children. No Democrats complained when the children were treated poorly under a Democratic president. But nothing a Republican president does is acceptable to these two-faced hypocrites. We understand it. We need to make sure our friends and neighbors also understand it. Educating people with the facts is the only way to beat the Democrats in their PR war against our country and our president. Keep fighting the battle. Keep telling the truth.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.
P.S. One of my former students who is now married to a Navy Captain posted this on Facebook: “In 2016, 21,000 children of US citizens were separated from their parents due to incarceration and over 750,000 due to military service. No liberal politician seemed to care about that and George Clooney never gave military kids a dime. Can we stop the fake outrage now please.”