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The number of separated minors is expected to jump once Trump's new "zero tolerance" policy is enacted.

During the previous year of the Obama administration, HHS was able to locate 85 percent of the minors or their sponsors, according to an inspector general's report.

But several plans, including one based on President Donald Trump's proposal, failed to gain enough support in February after a week of debate.

Sessions, however, erroneously couches the new policy in terms of it being a deterrent for those who seek to smuggle their children over the border.

"If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law", Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned earlier this month.

McCain said that, to her, was the real outrage. So what, precisely, is distinctive about the Trump approach to immigration?

As a mother, an immigrant and a naturalized American citizen who knows firsthand the hardships that exist in numerous countries these families are fleeing from, I am appalled, enraged and ashamed.

Readers asked us to clarify what exactly happened with the children and how they got here. Once these workers had self-deported, they would be free to "get in line with everyone else" to re-enter the country with the proper paperwork authorizing them to be hired legally.

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We are no longer the "shining city upon a hill" heralded by Republican President Ronald Reagan.

He added: "Today, in 2018, the government is CREATING unaccompanied minors by tearing them away from family at the border".

The "loopholes" cited by administration officials for incentivizing adults to bring children across the border include a court settlement barring detention of children, a statute preventing fast deportation of certain unaccompanied children arriving at the border and a broader body of law involving asylum. Like the Trump policy, it was at least in part to make immigrants reconsider border crossings. Both the 1997 settlement and the 2008 law are simply created to manage how children are treated at the border, especially in cases in which they arrive unaccompanied by their parents.

We need to face the complicated issue of immigration with sobriety, a keen understanding of current laws, history, economics, labor flows, supply and demand, demographics and what has actually made America great - its immigrant roots and its welcoming philosophy.

But there is no law requiring parents and children to be separated. The net result is that there are some children who came into HHS' system for whom it can not fully account now. Others seized on reports the government had "lost" more than 1,000 children, though that wasn't quite the case. Yet the headlines have an effect - and not just in galvanizing opposition to Trump among progressives. The ORR could have lost track of the children either because some families moved or because some families prefer not to come into contact with authorities because they are undocumented immigrants themselves. "They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires", he posted on Twitter. The hope is to minimize immigration to this country - both illegal and legal - especially from countries toward which we already know how Trump feels.

But we also understand something else: In an environment where immigrants are demonized, more people will live in the shadows of society where they can be exploited.

Life is becoming far riskier and more unsafe for undocumented immigrants. For example, from October 2011 to June 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials apprehended around 5,000 individuals they said had ties to gangs, acting chief Carla Provost testified in June 2017.


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