Among the many misinformed reasons liberals and leftists are protesting our current administration, one of the latest ones is the idea that Trump came up with the legislation that allows for separating children from their parents at the border.
This article will have ALL of the facts and proof that the “family separation” crisis has indeed been happening long before Trump got elected. The following is a timeline of events:
- 2003 – ICE is founded as a national security measure. Their goals were and still areare: Immigration enforcement, investigating illegal movement of people and goods (human trafficking as well) and preventing terrorism
- 2008 – Obama gets elected as President of the United States
- 2012 – Obama gets re-elected for his second term
- 2015 – The Flores Agreement is made. The agreement states measures that “A 2015 court order, based on a document called the Flores settlement, prevents the government from keeping migrant children in detention for more than 20 days.” This means that at the end of a 20 day time period, if no solution is found for their immigration status, the children are to be removed from the same detention centers as their parents and placed into another one. Click on the link to read more about it and it’s reasoning.
- 2016 – Trump gets elected as President of the United States
- April 2018 – Zero Tolerance policy is announced pertaining to undocumented immigrants. All this does is treat every instance of undocumented immigration.
In the Zero Tolerance policy, it states:
However, we are not sending children to jail with their parents. The law requires that children who cannot be with their parents be placed in custody of the Department of Health and Human Services within 72 hours.
“The Law” that it is referring to is of course the Flores Agreement that was put into effect in 2015.
If you believe in a linear timeline – like the one we live in – it’s hard to reconcile the idea that Trump was responsible for the creation of the Flores Agreement when he wasn’t even in office until two years after it was implemented.
So those family separations you’re hearing about? Yeah – those have been happening since before Trump was in office. There’s no going around that.
So what’s the point of all of this? Is it bad to separate children from their parents? Arguably yes. However, the idea that this is exclusively a Trumpian policy is laughable. Furthermore, individuals who feel the need to protest our current administration and place BLAME on our current administration for upholding the same laws that have been in effect since 2015 are either misinformed or have misplaced outrage. If you are against the splitting up of families at the border, that’s totally fine! Just make sure you’re pointing the finger at the right culprit.