The Department of Homeland Security has seen enough of the misleading going on by anti-Trumpers, the Dems, the media, and others, when it comes to the zero-tolerance policy, and separating families at the border.
The DHS released a memo, explaining the truth about the situation. While most agree that there needs to be a new policy put in place that solves some of the issues with current immigration policy, nobody has provided a solution, and the Democrats seem to refuse to work on any.
As reported by washingtonexaminer.com
The Department of Homeland Security on Monday defended the Trump administration's zero tolerance border policy and said opponents of that policy are purposefully mischaracterizing it by saying family separations at the border are becoming a crisis.
"In recent days, we have seen reporters, Members of Congress, and other groups mislead the public on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) zero-tolerance policy," the memo stated. "Repeating intentionally untrue and unsubstantiated statements about DHS agents, officers, and procedures is irresponsible and deeply disrespectful to the men and women who risk their lives every day to secure our border and enforce our laws."
The memo comes as Democrats continue to argue that the Trump administration created the policy of separating children from their parents or guardians as they try to prosecute the adults for illegal immigration. But DHS said that argument isn't true.
"DHS does not have a blanket policy of separating families at the border. However, DHS does have a responsibility to protect all minors in our custody. This means DHS will separate adults and minors under certain circumstances," the department stated. "These circumstances include: 1) when DHS is unable to determine the familial relationship, 2) when DHS determines that a child may be at risk with the parent or legal guardian, or 3) when the parent or legal guardian is referred for criminal prosecution."
Another "myth" DHS tried to dismiss was that it works against keeping families together through the immigration adjudication and removal process. It pointed to a court decision as the reason for current procedure.
"Court decisions interpreting the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA), which has been in existence for over 20 years but was significantly broadened in 2015, limits the government’s ability to detain family units. Pursuant to these court decisions, minors detained as part of a family unit cannot be detained in unlicensed facilities for longer than a presumptively reasonable period of 20 days, at which point, minors must be released or transferred to a licensed facility," DHS stated. "Because most jurisdictions do not offer licensure for family residential centers, DHS can rarely detain a family for longer than 20 days."
Another issue the DHS is trying to dismiss is the accusation that these shelters are comparable to "inhumane fenced cages". The media has shown pictures of children laying on bedrolls on the floor, and chain-link fencing. These are not the shelters the children are saying in. Those are temporary holding centers that are used during processing. The minors are not being held in "cages". There are however certain barriers in place to keep children within certain age groups and genders safe. The climate of those facilities are also well maintained.
DHS also denied reports of turning away families at ports of entry. The only time families are being turned away or apprehended is when they try to cross illegally instead of going to the legal ports of entry.
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