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Trump Administration Says Reuniting Separated Migrant Families Would Be ‘Traumatic’

The Trump Administration is continuing its ruthless torturing of immigrants, and they now have an absurd new justification for it.

They did something unspeakably cruel when they systematically separated migrant families — some of the children weren’t even toddlers yet — under the guise of enforcing the law and protecting the border.

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Now, they are saying that there is a very good reason not to reunite those families: the reunification would be, quote, “traumatic.”

According to reporting from Newsweek, Jonathan White, the Trump administration official who is charged with the task of putting the families they never should have separated to begin with back together, said of the situation:

“It would destabilize the permanency of their existing home environment, and could be traumatic to the children.”

This is, on its face, absurd. Of course these parents deserve to have the children the Trump Administration literally kidnapped from them back, and the children would be happy and relieved to be returned to their families, existing environments be damned.

As if this were not bad enough, there’s more.

The Trump Administration now also says that the children who are in the care of sponsors are not a priority in its reunification efforts. They only plan to focus on those still in government custody.

That is something, I suppose, given the slovenly conditions, reports of rampant sexual assault and increased numbers of suicides among migrants being held in Trump’s detention camps.

Even beyond the aforementioned travesties, there is the fact that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is unaware of just how many children have been separated, let alone their identities or the identities of their parents and other loved ones. The HHS Inspector General once said of the  matter:

“Thousands of children may have been separated during an influx that began in 2017, before the accounting required by the court, and HHS has faced challenges in identifying separated children.”

The unfortunate truth is that this Administration promised a war on immigrants, and they are carrying it out in the most unspeakably cruel ways they can think of. Chances are, some of these children will never see their families again.



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