With the left all upset over Trump’s so-called “separation” policy, Fox News host Brit Hume reminds us that the number of “immigrant” kids arriving at our border all alone dwarfs the number “separated” from their “parents.”
Liberals are all mad that “thousands” of kids are being cruelly “ripped away” from their parents and put in “concentration camps” while evil Trump makes ready to deport them back to their countries of origin.
Of course, this is all a false characterization of what Trump is doing. But even if he was doing that to some small number, the FACT is that most of the thousands of kids being held by ICE were not taken from anyone but were apprehended when they were trying to sneak across our border all by themselves with no parents at all.
Fox New host Brit Hume brought this point up in a recent tweet:
— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 8, 2018
“I wonder if the journalists working this story are aware that the overwhelming majority of immigrant minors separated from their families arrived at the border without families,” Hume tweeted last week.
“There are far more children separated from parents who arrive that way then there are children separated at the border,” he said in a second tweet Thursday.
So, is this true? Daily Caller Foundation says it is:
The government identified 2,634 migrant minors in its care who were forcibly separated from adults. Several times as many alien minors in its care arrived in the U.S. without an adult.
The U.S. Border Patrol has apprehended over 40,000 unaccompanied minors so far in fiscal year 2018.
Daily Caller went on to say:
“80% of minors cared for by HHS arrived in the US alone, unaccompanied, without a parent. They were not separated by the government,” the White House said in a June tweet.
President Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, pointed to the high number of unaccompanied alien minors caught during President Barack Obama’s presidency. “Fact: Over 90,000 kids were detained under Obama. And no one cared,” he said in a tweet in June.
The government stepped up the number of children who it separated from their families at the border as a result of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy towards those who cross the border illegally. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the policy – which required criminal prosecution of all adults border crossers – in April.
Because the law prohibits children from being held in federal detention facilities, the government separated children from illegal immigrant adults being detained. The Department of Homeland Security referred the children to the Office of Refugee Resettlement within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
It is true that far more minors arrived at the border alone than the number of children who illegally crossed the border with a parent, family member or other adult and then were separated from them by the government.
“When you’re looking at the number of children in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the majority of them are children who arrived at the border unaccompanied,” Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Government agencies identified about 2,634 alien minors – 103 children under age 5 and 2,531 ages 5 to 17 (some reports say 2,551) – in its care who had been forcibly separated from adults. That figure includes migrant minors separated at the border as a result of the zero-tolerance policy and those who were separated for other reasons.
HHS noted that on June 20, 83 percent of alien minors in its care – 9,834 children – arrived in the U.S. without a parent or guardian and that 17 percent – 2,053 children – were in its care due to zero tolerance enforcement. The White House tweet referenced this figure.
So, the truth is we have more illegal children coming here all alone with the expectation of forcing the U.S. government to allow their parents or relatives to come here after they sneak in than we have kids being “separated” from parents.
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