THANK YOU LAKE TRUST! We are so grateful to our friends at Lake Trust Credit Union for their amazing generosity and dedication to helping children and families. Thank you to the staff from the Howell Highland Rd. branch who showed up at LACASA this week with gifts in hand, and to all of the folks from Lake Trust HQ and area branches who assembled and donated bikes to LACASA and other charities for children in need. ... See MoreSee Less
LACASA STATEMENT Regarding the Separation of Immigrant Families & the Impact of Trauma: We share the concerns and heartache of children being separated from their families. Hundreds of child welfare organizations and legal groups are working to keep asylum-seeking families together. There is no immediate government plan to reunify families that already have been separated. In the meantime, the children relocated to Michigan from mass detention centers deserve to be placed in caring foster homes until they can be reunited with their families. The trauma these children are enduring is horrific and won’t be made better by keeping them in mass centers while government agencies put permanent solutions in place. It is imperative that we address each child’s safety and well-being first as we work to advocate for swift family reunification. LACASA Center stands with the many groups that are working to protect these children and reunite them with a legally established family member. Among these organization are: - Alliance for Strong Families & Communities - American Academy of Pediatrics - American Psychoanalytic Association - Center for Children’s Law & Policy - Children’s Advocacy Institute - Child Welfare League of America - Family Focused Treatment Association - Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma - National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners - National Association of Social Workers - National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) - National Psychological Association - National Task Force to End Domestic and Sexual Violence - Presbyterian Church USA - UNICEF LINKS: —June 20, 2018 Statement by the American Association of Pediatrics: www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Statement-on-Executive-Order-on-Family-S... —May 30, 2018 - Statement by the National Association of Social Workers: www.socialworkers.org/News/News-Releases/ID/1654/NASW-says-plan-to-separate-undocumented-immigran... —Jan. 23, 2018 Statement from Youth Center Immigrant Children’s Rights: www.theyoungcenter.org/stories/2018/1/16/experts-oppose-plans-to-take-children-from-parents-at-bo... —2014 Study by National Association of Social Workers: www.socialworkblog.org/wp-content/uploads/Unaccompanied-Migrant-Children.pdf... See MoreSee Less
The parents shouldn't have come here illegally in the first place. Some of these kids didn't even have their own parents with them but were used as pawns.
Myth: This is not a new policy and was practiced under Obama and Clinton - FALSE. The policy to separate parents and children is new and was instituted on 4/6/2018. It was the brainchild of John Kelly and Stephen Miller to serve as a deterrent for undocumented immigration, approved by Trump, and adopted by Sessions. Prior administrations detained migrant families, but didn’t have a practice of forcibly separating parents from their children unless the adults were deemed unfit. www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1049751/download?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
Myth: This is the only way to deter undocumented immigration - FALSE. Annual trends show that arrests for undocumented entry are at a 46 year low, and undocumented crossings dropped in 2007, with a net loss (more people leaving than arriving). Deportations have increased steadily though (spiking in 1996 and more recently), because several laws that were passed since 1996 have made it legally more difficult to gain legal status for people already here, and thus increased their deportations (I address this later under the myth that it's the Democrats' fault). What we mostly have now are people crossing the border illegally because they've already been hired by a US company, or because they are seeking political asylum. Economic migrants come to this country because our country has kept the demand going. But again, many of these people impacted by Trump's "zero tolerance" policy appear to be political asylum-seekers. www.npr.org/2017/12/05/568546381/arrests-for-illegal-border-crossings-hit-46-year-low
Myth: Most of the people coming across the border are just trying to take advantage of our country by taking our jobs - FALSE. Most of the parents who have been impacted by Trump's "zero tolerance" policy have presented themselves as political asylum-seekers at a U.S. port-of-entry, from El
Myth: We're a country that respects the Rule of Law, and if people break the law, this is what they get - FALSE. We are a country that has an above-ground system of immigration and an underground system. Our government (under both parties) has always been aware that US companies recruit workers in the poorest parts of Mexico for cheap labor, and ICE (and its predecessor INS) has looked the other way because this underground economy benefits our country to the tune of billions of dollars annually. Thus, even though the majority of people crossing the border now are asylum-seekers, those who are economic migrants (migrant workers) likely have been recruited here to do jobs Americans will not do. www.upi.com/Top_News/Opinion/2016/10/26/Donald-Trumps-wall-ignores-the-economic-logic-of-undocume...
And yet the parents of these kids are not being punished for putting the kids in the extreme danger?
It is not illegal to come to the USA seeking sanctuary. No one puts their child on a boat in treacherous waters if life is safer and better on land.
Get educated people research the truth and facts.
Editor’s note: Since this article was first published, President Donald Trump signed an executive order addressing the issue of children at the border.
The Trump administration is taking heat from Democrats and Republicans for separating parents and children after they illegally crossed the southern border.
Over the six weeks from April 19 through May 31, federal officials separated about 2,000 children from their families at the U.S.-Mexican border, the Associated Press reported last week.
President Donald Trump blamed the procedure on Democrats in Congress.
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“They’re obstructing. They’re really obstructionists and they are obstructing,” Trump said Monday at the White House. “The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. It won’t be.”
“If you look at what’s happening in Europe, if you look at what’s happening in other places, we can’t allow that to happen to the United States—not on my watch,” he said.
During the White House press briefing Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said: “This is a very serious issue that has resulted after years and years of Congress not taking action.”
Here’s a look at four of the more questionable claims made about the enforcement action.
1. Democrats’ Law or Trump Policy?
“The Democrats forced that law upon our nation,” Trump asserted last week.
Democrats, backed by some media commentators, counter that it’s not the law but a Trump administration policy.
Actually, experts say, the situation is a combination of a bipartisan law and a Clinton administration policy.
In 1997, the Clinton administration entered into something called the Flores Settlement Agreement, which ended a class action lawsuit first brought in the 1980s.
The settlement established a policy that the federal government would release unaccompanied minors from custody to their parents, relatives, or other caretakers after no more than 20 days, or, alternatively, determine the “least restrictive” setting for the child.
In a separate development, in 2008 the Democrat-controlled Congress approved bipartisan legislation to combat human trafficking and President George W. Bush, a Republican, signed it into law.
Section 235 (g) in that law, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, states that unaccompanied minors entering the United States must be transferred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement rather than to the Department of Homeland Security.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit expanded the Flores settlement in 2016 to include children brought to the country illegally by their parents.
For consistency between the provision of the anti-trafficking law and the 9th Circuit’s interpretation of the Flores agreement, children who came into the country illegally with parents had to be taken into HHS custody, said Art Arthur, former general counsel for Immigration and Naturalization Services (now known as Immigration and Customs Enforcement) as well as a former federal immigration judge.
“As soon as their parents are detained, the children are classified as unaccompanied,” Arthur, now a resident fellow for law and policy at the Center for Immigration Studies, told The Daily Signal.
2. Unprecedented Action by Trump Administration?
Some media outlets have called the practice of separating children from parents at the border “unprecedented” or a “new low” for the United States.
What’s different under the Trump administration, though, is a “zero tolerance” approach to enforcing existing immigration laws and policy.
On May 7 in Scottsdale, Arizona, Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed federal prosecutors to prosecute all adults who illegally enter the country, including those accompanied by their children, under a provision of federal law (8 U.S.C. § 1325(a)) that covers illegal entry.
“If you’re smuggling a child, then we’re going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law,” Sessions said. “If you don’t want your child separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally. It’s not our fault that somebody does that.”
Since it takes more than 20 days to adjudicate an asylum claim, the 9th Circuit’s interpretation of the Flores Settlement Agreement essentially provides three options, said David Inserra, a homeland security policy analyst for The Heritage Foundation.
“The Trump administration currently faces two options: Either release every family that crosses the border and claims asylum and know that most of them will never show up at their immigration court hearing; or release the child as required by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ interpretation of the Flores settlement while holding the parents while awaiting trial,” Inserra told The Daily Signal.
“A third, better solution is to fix the loophole created by the 9th Circuit with regard to Flores and improve the asylum process to discourage frivolous asylum claims, while also better serving those with legitimate asylum cases,” Inserra added.
Proposed legislation by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.; Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.; and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.would reverse the 9th Circuit’s interpretation.
“This would mean only a brief period of separation while the parents are prosecuted,” Arthur said.
Depending on the outcome, the family would be reunited and either be released or deported together.
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IMMIGRANT CHILDREN ARRIVING: We have been in touch with the only two licensed agencies in Michigan that help find foster homes for immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at the border. These organizations need two things: financial donations and host families who can provide a home for a child. The agencies are expecting dozens of children to arrive from detention centers soon. They are overwhelmed with in-kind donations and can no longer accept donations of diapers or other children’s items. Here are links if you want to make a financial donation or apply to be a foster family: Samaritas: www.samaritas.org/Foster-Care/Foster-Parent-Portal Bethany Christian Services: www.bethany.org/foster-care/refugee-foster-care... See MoreSee Less
I will not make any donations to foster/adoption agencies. These are not just orphans and "unaccompanied minors"...these are kids who have been forcibly taken from their parents. My donations will go to legal groups who are working on reuniting these kids with their families. I will not be part of the child trafficking that is going on. Since taking these kids away from their parents, they are now dispersing these kids (on airplanes at night mind you) all around the country: Florida, New York, Michigan, California, Kansas etc to Christian foster/adoption centers with no means of tracking them and no plans for reunification. This is child trafficking. How can you be ignoring this aspect of the issue? I'm very disappointed in your stance.
Are these children vaccinated? As the US requires children here to be..
Drug cartels are paying families big money to send kids here to keep ICE busy and move in drugs, and also keep this kids in the US to continue this charade.... most of these kids arrive without parents, they were not separated at the border they were separated long before
I’m not saying it isn’t happening mind you, I’m just saying there is always more to the story and money talks
Children don’t t need a foster home they need THEIR home their family.
This is not political folks, this is about unaccompanied children that walked over the border without their family. Their parents and caregivers did this as they are their responsibility. Others were brought over by someone unrelated possibly for human trafficing. DHS and other places are obligated to take the child away from someone who isn't related so child trafficing doesn't continue for them. Helping these children who are probably scared in a strange place is NOT human trafficing. For some kids its only temporary until they find their relatives or a permanent home. Its not their fault. No offense but showing hatred because you are looking at this politically doesn't help these kids. Don't subscribe if you feel that way. I can only imagine how scared they are and I am sure foster parents will help them find their families if they still have one. Its not time to blame and point fingers, but it is time to step up and do something unconditionally. I myself have been helped many years ago by LACASA and I can assure you they are amazing at having childrens best interests at heart. They might need some help with this and I say BRAVO to LACASA for expanding their hearts to include these children in need. "Unconditional love has to start somewhere"~ Tamara
We have starving kids here and homeless ,so they get donations??
The parents sent them with the coyote to get them here now we are supposed to help them succeed.
These children come with government contracts, don’t they? Aren’t these agencies already receiving tax dollars to keep these children away from their families? Why do you need donations? It obviously isn’t for food, diapers or clothing since you aren’t interested in those. 🧐
If you’re interested, you can also donate to Michigan Immigrant Rights Center- they provide legal representation to unaccompanied children in removal proceedings in Michigan.