philbo wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:07 am4. “I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law. That’s their law.”
This is false. As part of its border crackdown, the Trump administration is separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents largely due to a “zero tolerance” policy implemented by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. No law requires these separations. The government must release rather than detain immigrant children under a 1997 federal consent decree and a bipartisan human trafficking law from 2008. But neither of these requires family separations. This could be ended with a call to DHS, stated Republican Lindsey Graham.
I disagree, at least in part. The law does require these separations. I agree that the separations are a result of the zero tolerance policy, which can be debated separately. But, when any adult is arrested, he or she must go to jail. Children (under 17 in Texas, under 18 in some states, I think under 18 for federal law) are not allowed to go to jail.They may be taken to various juvenile detention centers, but adults and juveniles are not allowed to be taken to the same criminal detention center. Along with this, males and females are also separated, in both adult and juvenile detention centers. Children may go to shelters together if they are not being criminally charged.
Yes, families could be detained together if they are being taken to a civil detention facility pending deportation. But under Sessions zero tolerance policy, the adults are being criminally charged with entering the US illegally. By law, the children MUST be separated from them, whether the children are being charged or not. The argument over the separation is, at best, a smokescreen for arguing whether we should be criminally charging people who break criminal laws by entering the country.
I have, and other police officers still do, separated children from their parents when I arrested the parents. If I could not get another family member to come get them, the children went to various shelters or to CPS (especially to CPS if the kids were victims of the crime). As a separate point that came to me as I typed this, Texas CPS has separated many more children from their parents than DHS has. And has a worse record of caring for them and the reasons for the separations.
To me, the arguments over separating the children from their parents are all a lie used to attack the president's actions since the left is realizing most Americans do not support illegal immigration as much as the left does. It is a way of getting the useful idiots involved and politically turned against the President.
And the arrests also prove one other point the left has been arguing for years is a lie. How many times have we heard that illegally entering the US is not a crime, but a civil offense? Sessions zero tolerance policy shows that it really is a crime that the people go to jail for.