WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over the past two weeks, we’ve learned more and more about the extent of the Trump administration’s horrific immigration policies. New reporting has revealed that over 13,000 children have been denied entry into the United States regardless of asylum request since March, that unaccompanied immigrant children have been expelled to Mexico regardless of their home country, and that the Trump administration family separation policy was marked by “reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty.”
“Reports over the past few weeks confirm what we already know: the Trump administration’s cruel policies against immigrant children and families continued long after it stopped putting kids in cages. Pandemic or not, preventing children, some of them asylum seekers, from entering the country without due process and expelling children to a country that is completely foreign to them is unconscionable,” said Accountable.US spokesperson Lizzy Price. “The administration continues to find new ways to mistreat immigrant children when it thinks the American people aren’t paying attention.”
Here’s some of the latest news:
- New reporting revealed that the Department of Homeland Security has turned away unaccompanied immigrant children more than 13,000 times since March, regardless of asylum requests and without due process.
- Additional reporting showed that border officials have sent unaccompanied immigrant children from other countries into Mexico in violation of a diplomatic agreement.
- A House panel released findings from a nearly two-year investigation into the Trump administration’s family separation policy which was marked by “reckless incompetence and intentional cruelty.”
- Records released as the result of a FOIA lawsuit revealed that over the last six years, the U.S. government had detained more than 25,000 immigrant children for longer than 100 days and lengthy detentions for immigrant children increased under the Trump administration.
- And in an interview, senior adviser Stephen Miller committed to even harsher immigration policies next year, including limiting asylum and expanding the travel ban.