Hear The Children’s Cries As They Are Separated From Parents Seeking Asylum At US SW Border

If you want an easy way to contact your senator or representative or other congressmen about the issue of separating children from their parents at the border, it is given at the end of this heartbreaking posting of the sounds of children being taken from their parents and descriptions of those who have witnessed the process. We all need to be responsible to DO SOMETHING!!!!

Gronda Morin

Thanks to the media outlet Propublica, we have access to the above video. Please be aware that the sound of the children’s wailing as they are being separated from their parents seeking asylum at the US southwest border, are heartbreaking.

This is a new protocol that was started with President Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions with his April 6, 2018 memo. As per Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the president can end this practice of separating children from the parents with one phone call. Telling the migrants to apply for asylum at the US designated points of entry is not a realistic direction as most peoples are being turned away. There are stories about peoples waiting weeks to gain entry.

As per international law, it is NOT illegal for peoples fleeing danger, persecution, war like circumstances, to ask for asylum.

Any other republican talking point other than the above…

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8 thoughts on “Hear The Children’s Cries As They Are Separated From Parents Seeking Asylum At US SW Border

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  2. Christine Goodnough

    I won’t profess to know a lot about this particular woe, but I wonder when you talk of long lines… If the US opened the border and allowed any Mexicans to immigrate, whoever wanted to, would Mexico empty out?
    Seems there’s something wrong here that Mexico needs to get serious about fixing before they lose all their best people. Or..?

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      What people are protesting is not the policy, which is the same as it has been, but Trump’s new twist is the separation of children from their parents. This is unconscionable.

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      1. Christine Goodnough

        That I believe. I’ll have to read more about this. But I have to wonder what’s behind all these line-ups of would-be immigrants. Seems the separations are only the bad fruit of a bad tree. If families wouldn’t be in these lines in the first place, there wouldn’t be the separations.

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  3. Christine Goodnough

    Second thought: After reading more about this last night.I’m getting the impression these aren’t people waiting at Immigration, but families caught trying to sneak in. For most people who’d enter the US and commit a crime, they’d be tossed in jail and their children taken into foster care — assuming no other relatives stepped forth to take them.
    I suppose this large a number of Mexican children would flood the existing foster care system, hence the detention centers. But I see, through public pressure, the act has been overturned and parents are allowed to stay in detention with children. But I still really wonder what’s going on in Mexico that this illegal entry stuff has mushroomed.
    If President Trump would open the border and let folks in who wanted in, it would save all the expense of building a wall. 😉

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      They are people asking for political asylum legally. They closed the legal facility for doing so and later cleared the bridge where they were lined up to do so. When they try to sneak in, they are taken and told they will all be prosecuted but there are not enough judges to hear their cases so it is presumed they will all be found guilty and incarcerated, so their children are taken away. Here is a testimony as to what is going on by one of the people who has witnessed the procedure. https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/whats-really-happening-asylum-seeking-families-separated/

      Here is a small excerpt from what they said:
      ” There is no one process. Judging from the mothers and fathers I’ve spoken to and those my staff has spoken to, there are several different processes. Sometimes they will tell the parent, “We’re taking your child away.” And when the parent asks, “When will we get them back?” they say, “We can’t tell you that.” Sometimes the officers will say, “because you’re going to be prosecuted” or “because you’re not welcome in this country” or “because we’re separating them,” without giving them a clear justification. In other cases, we see no communication that the parent knows that their child is to be taken away. Instead, the officers say, “I’m going to take your child to get bathed.” That’s one we see again and again. “Your child needs to come with me for a bath.” The child goes off, and in a half an hour, twenty minutes, the parent inquires, “Where is my five-year-old?” “Where’s my seven-year-old?” “This is a long bath.” And they say, “You won’t be seeing your child again.” Sometimes mothers—I was talking to one mother, and she said, “Don’t take my child away,” and the child started screaming and vomiting and crying hysterically, and she asked the officers, “Can I at least have five minutes to console her?” They said no. In another case, the father said, “Can I comfort my child? Can I hold him for a few minutes?” The officer said, “You must let them go, and if you don’t let them go, I will write you up for an altercation, which will mean that you are the one that had the additional charges charged against you.” So, threats. So the father just let the child go. So it’s a lot of variations. But sometimes deceit and sometimes direct, just “I’m taking your child away.” Parents are not getting any information on what their rights are to communicate to get their child before they are deported, what reunification may look like. We spoke to nine parents on this Monday, which was the 11th, and these were adults in detention centers outside of Houston. They had been separated from their child between May 23 and May 25, and as of June 11, not one of them had been able to talk to their child or knew a phone number that functioned from the detention center director. None of them had direct information from immigration on where their child was located. The one number they were given by some government official from the Department of Homeland Security was a 1-800 number. But from the phones inside the detention center, they can’t make those calls. We know there are more parents who are being deported without their child, without any process or information on how to get their child back.
      TM: And so it’s entirely possible that children will be left in the country without any relatives?
      AC: Could be, yeah.
      TM: And if the child is, say, five years old . . .?
      AC: The child is going through deportation proceedings, so the likelihood that that child is going to be deported is pretty high.
      TM: How do they know where to deport the child to, or who the parents are?
      AC: How does that child navigate their deportation case without their parent around?
      TM: Because a five-year-old doesn’t necessarily know his parents’ information.
      AC: In the shelters, they can’t even find the parents because the kids are just crying inconsolably. They often don’t know the full legal name of their parents or their date of birth. They’re not in a position to share a trauma story like what caused the migration. These kids and parents had no idea. None of the parents I talked to were expecting to be separated as they faced the process of asking for asylum.

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  4. Christine Goodnough

    This does sound pretty awful. that bit about “taking them for a bath” sounds a bit Nazi-ish! (I suppose workers take the easy out when faced with wailing or hysterical parents and children. The goal is obviously to send the strongest possible message: “Go home. We don’t want you here and we’re going to make your life hell if you try to get in.”

    Politicians walk a thin line when it comes to who to please. One news item said that Trump is very popular with the steel workers in Minnesota because of the new tariffs on incoming steel, but the MN farmers are ansty about what might happen to their produce export sales. Mexicans would be delighted if red tape was reduced but American workers would be up in arms at the possibility of losing work to immigrants. Fierce “We’ll send them all back home!” speeches will make him popular with that crowd.

    Seems President Trump has picked the voting segment he’ll please, just as Obama did before him, and Clinton would have done, had she been elected. Politics!

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