As separated kids remain in US custody, ICE nominee refuses to rule out reviving family separation
During a #Senate
hearing this week, #RonaldVitiello
’s nominee to lead #ICE
, refused to rule out whether the administration would officially revive #FamilySeperation
at the southern border. “That option and that discussion is underway,” Vitiello, a former Customs and Border Protection chief, told the committee.
The administration could be starting another #humanitarian #crisis
without having resolved the one it already created. Friday, November 16, marks #113days
since a #FederalJudge
officials to return #migrant #children #kidnapped
at the southern border back to their families, yet some continue to remain under #US
custody, according to numbers from the administration. Of 25 kids eligible for reunification, tweeted MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff, the parents of 18 have already been #deported
Vitiello helped implement this barbaric policy on the ground when he led #CBP
, yet he’s on the record as minimizing family separation as “only 2,500 people were affected by that situation.” That comment was made to an anti-immigrant hate group, no less. Vitiello also refused to tell #senators
how long kids should be detained (Trump wants it indefinitely) or even whether kids are being psychologically harmed by family separation (they are, perhaps for years).
Some kids may never see their parents again, because a court filing also revealed that officials have a separate group of 99 kids who've “deported parents who have chosen not to reunite.” Perhaps some parents felt their child deserved a chance here. Perhaps others were coerced into being deported, as reports have indicated.
Vitiello shouldn’t be rewarded with another top federal government post for his role in implementing state-sanctioned #kidnapping
, and the Senate needs to #reject
. Just as importantly, vulnerable families broken apart at the southern border by the Trump administration must be reunited. Free the children and give them and their families a chance to live here in safety.