In June 26, 2018 a Federal Judge in California ordered the Trump Administration to free and reunite all the refugee children that immigration officials had unjustly and inhumanely taken from their parents under Trump’s zero tolerance policy. The court gave the Administration six weeks to re-unite the children with their parents.
A year later in June, 2019, the Administration has yet to fully comply with the court mandate, the public outcry notwithstanding. Why?
Why has the Administration failed to comply with the court order? This is a question that, given what is publicly known, begs for speculation.
In testimony before Congress DHS officials refused to admit that they had no system of tracking the whereabouts of the children. But investigative report found that DHS and ORR did not have an efficient record-keeping system.
As a result the number of missing children and their location may never be known. What is known is that many more children may have been separated from their families than the Administration has publicly reported. It is thus hard to say with certainty where the children are, and how many of them are still being traumatized while waiting hoping to be re-united with their parents.
If the Administration does not know where the children are, and how many are still separated from their parents, who does? It is hard to answer this question with anything other than speculation, speculation that has more to do with Trump’s motives than with faulty record keeping.
As has been widely reported by the media and numerous commentators Trump and Administration officials have spread falsehoods routinely. Trump himself has made no secret of his disdain for immigrants and refugees, especially Muslims and Mexicans. So why should anyone take their word at face value? Is it really true that the Administration really does not know where the children are? Why should we give them the benefit of the doubt and take them at their word when the whole world knows they may be lying?
Only time will tell if the remaining children who are still incarcerated separated from their parents will ever be freed and reunited with their loved ones.
In the meantime, those of us who believe in defending human rights and injustice can never stop shouting for the whole world to hear…