So, in case you haven’t heard, a federal judge has finally issued an injunction that calls for all children who were separated from their families to be returned to them, in an attempt to dissipate the damage done by Trump’s family separation policy.
In what is obviously a huge blow to the Trump administration’s family separation policy, US District Court Judge, Dana Sabraw, has issued a preliminary injunction which requires children to be reunited with their parents as soon as possible. As per the injunction in question, children who are younger than 5 must be reunited with their parents within 14 days, whereas older ones need to be returned to their families within 30 days.
The gravity of this entire situation has been gaining some serious mileage, even as the administration’s family detention center threatens to completely overflow with obviously distraught detainees. The Politico has now reported that over 75% of the 3,326 beds within the detention center were already full as of June 20th last year. And in the many, many weeks since you can only imagine how many more have been housed within its harrowing walls.
The San Diego- based federal judge did not hold back at all while criticizing the Trump administration for embarking on a mission which involved such a severe degree of human consequence without proper and requisite planning at all
San Diego federal judge, a Republican appointee, orders Trump administration to reunite migrant families separated at the border and facilitate communication between parents and children in the meantime. https://t.co/Ox0L8pLcY8
— Brent Kendall (@brkend) June 27, 2018
Sabraw actually referred to the whole troubling ordeal of traumatized children and terrified parents as “a chaotic circumstance of the Government’s own making,” while adding that the “startling reality” was the administration had neglected to be bothered to properly plan how to manage the separation of children from parents who are being held in immigration custody or otherwise referred for criminal prosecution… which, y’know, is pretty freakin’ true.
Their lack of foresight has resulted in over 2,300 children being recklessly torn away from their parents or guardians. The judge also penned a 24-page order that addressed the flaws in the administrations approach, among other things.
— Jezebel (@Jezebel) June 27, 2018
In this report, Sabraw wrote;
“The government readily keeps track of personal property of detainees in criminal and immigration proceedings. Money, important documents, and automobiles, to name a few, are routinely cataloged, stored, tracked and produced upon a detainee’s release, at all levels — state and federal, citizen and alien. Yet, the government has no system in place to keep track of, provide effective communication with, and promptly produce alien children. The unfortunate reality is that under the present system migrant children are not accounted for with the same efficiency and accuracy as property. Certainly, that cannot satisfy the requirements of due process.”