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Trump Revives Plan to Separate Immigrant Children from Parents, Reviving Tactic Used by Nazi Germany

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The Trump Administration is deliberation resurrecting one of the many iniquitous crimes of the Twentieth Century under the guise of interlude illegal immigration from Central America, according to the Washington Post.

In a report by Nick Miroff, the Department of Homeland Security is evaluating separating incarcerated children from their relatives as one of several anti-immigration measures in response to an boost in migrants channel the Mexican border.

“These measures, described on condition of anonymity given they have not been publicly disclosed, would also moment down on migrants vital in the United States illegally who send for their children,” Miroff wrote. “That aspect of the bid would use information collected by the Department of Health and Human Services to aim relatives for deportation after they try to recover control of their children from supervision shelters.”


Separating children from their relatives was one of the cruelest and many scandalous strategy used by Nazi Germany in its mass arrests of Jews and other targeted populations in World War II. In North America, the U.S. and Canadian governments also distant Native American children from their families a century ago.

Using the children as informants to aim and subsequently detain relatives also was a divergent tactic employed in WW2’s darkest moments.

The Trump Administration fit this proceed as a tough but legitimate halt for illegal immigration, Miroff noted, citing an boost in Nov arrests as a stratagem for deliberation these actions.

“In November, U.S. agents took into control 7,018 families, or ‘family units,’ along the limit with Mexico, a 45 percent boost over the prior month, the latest DHS statistics show,” the Post said. “The series of Unaccompanied Alien Children, or UAC, was up 26 percent… Overall, the series of migrants incarcerated last month along the Mexico border, 39,006, was the top monthly sum given Trump became president, according to DHS figures.”

“The many quarrelsome proposal—to apart families in detention—would keep adults in federal control while promulgation their children to HHS shelters,” Miroff wrote, then observant that DHS children shelters are now nearby capacity. That implies privatized apprehension centers could be drawn on.

The thought of separating immigrant children from their relatives was lifted in Mar “by then-Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly, now the White House Chief of Staff. He told CNN at the time that the children would be ‘well cared for as we understanding with their parents,’” the Post said, “Kelly did not pierce brazen with the plan, in partial given of the recoil it triggered, administration officials said, and also given illegal emigration had plunged to ancestral lows.”

But given then, worried anti-immigration activists have pulpy the administration to revitalise this horrific option.

The Post quoted Andrew R. Arthur, a Center for Immigration Studies fellow, who said, “The relatives that would commence this hazardous tour to the United States would be reduction likely to do it if they knew they would be distant from their kids.”

Arthur called it “a reasonable step.”

The Post remarkable that “migrants under age 18 who arrived but a primogenitor must be incited over to HHS within 72 hours of being taken into DHS custody. The shelters where they are housed are designed to be some-more like boarding schools than grave apprehension centers.”

That’s right. There’s zero grave about being distant from their relatives and interrogated by sovereign police to exhibit their parents’ whereabouts—is there? 


Steven Rosenfeld covers inhabitant domestic issues for AlterNet, including America’s democracy and voting rights. He is the author of several books on elections and the co-author of Who Controls Our Schools: How Billionaire-Sponsored Privatization Is Destroying Democracy and the Charter School Industry (AlterNet eBook, 2016).

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