The Democrats, and even some Republicans, are pressuring even more that an end to the zero-tolerance policy happen.
The zero-tolerance policy is being blamed as the cause for families being separated at the border. The Trump administration has explained that children are taken into DHS custody due to the legal agreement from 1997 that states children can't be imprisoned with their parent for an extended period. These parents are trying to cross the border illegally with their children. When they are caught, they must face the consequences. Mercy is no longer being shown because they have children with them, which sadly is a reason that they bring the children in the first place. For instance, in a seven-month period, over 300 children arrived at the border with an adult that wasn't actually their parent.
As reported by washingtonexaminer.com
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that 301 children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border with an accompanying adult from October 2017 to April 2018 were found to have no relation to the adult who posed as their parent or guardian.
"Ninety of those cases came from Rio Grande Valley ... sector, 180 aliens out of that specific sector that were affected specifically with fraud," Brian Hastings, CBP's lead field coordinator, told reporters during a conference call Tuesday.
CBP did not provide the number of fraud cases since Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a zero tolerance policy for illegal entrants who crossed into the U.S. between ports of entry with children, which started in April.
If you were out in public somewhere and found a child with someone posing as their parent, but wasn't actually related to them, what would you do? Most people would call the police. Most people would be afraid for that child's well being. The border is no different. Those children could be kidnapped. They could be sold. Those adults could be sex traffickers. Why would we leave the child in their custody?
Let's hear your thoughts in the comments.