Report: US knew of problems family separation would cause

HOUSTON (AP) — A month previous to the Trump presidency, a pilot initiative was introduced in Texas to scramble to locate vacant beds for babies taken by their guardians, in a glimpse of the major problems ahead, according to a study issued by congressional democrats on Thursday. HOUSTON (AP) [2]

Documents in the study show that the Department of Homeland Security did not tell Health and Human Services authorities that in late 2017 shelters got more children removed from their parents.

It has been announced since then that DHS has operated a pilot program in El Paso , Texas where parents have unlawfully come over the border and their children have been brought to HHS shelter.

Jonathan White, a top HHS official, wrote an email on 11 Nov 2017, "We have had a shortage of beds for babies last night."

He said, "Overall, the amount of children put appears to have grown during the past few weeks, and we feel this is because of more mother separations through CBP."

What will happen months later presages the issues found by the pilot programme: government authorities who care for children in so-called tender age homes and many parents who are deported without their children.

The implications continue today: attorneys seeking to reunite the families of refugees have said that parents of 545 children who are deported and split as early as July 2017 can not be met.

The Justice Committee of the House Democrats reported Thursday's study with emails from public authorities.

The fight against the family collapse of the Trump presidency is being held just before Election Day as Democrats. This spurred indignation in a "null tolerance" assault on unauthorized crossings.

Democrat Joe Biden declared on Thursday that if he wanted to reunite still-separate families he would create a task force.

In March 2017, Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, claimed the government proposed pulling children out of their homes and keeping them in government sanctioned facilities during parents' trial. The study further details debates before the outset of the Trump family separation administration as a compliance strategy.

According to a study by the Health and Human Services Inspector General in July, customs and border control officers started splitting families into what later was referred to as a trial scheme.

According to the General auditor, at least 118 children had been removed from their guardians. The latest audit documents indicate that the CBP had not approached HHS as to whether shelters had further segregated children.

White, HHS official, sent an email on Nov 17, 2017 to Kevin McAleenan, then Commissioner of CBP, and later acting Minister of National Security for Homeland, saying that children had been referred to "increased" by a parent as "the product of separation of children from parents."

In the reply to McAleenan on 3 December 2017, McAleenan wrote in part that "You might have noticed a difference in the last 10 days or so.

On 28 Sept. 2017 another HEH cop, Tricia Swartz, advised White that "these situations sometimes wind up with repatriated families and children in our custody for months awaiting home studies, foreign legal concerns and so on."

In June 2018 District Judge Dana Sabraw, US District Judge, commanded the Government to get all migrant families together. More than two years ago, the procedure remains open and attorneys and non-governmental organizations, typically family donors, are seeking to locate relatives in Central America and other parents after their children have been put.

The Homeland Defense and Health and Human Services departments did not reply in the comments requests. McAleenan did not respond to the comments requests.