Nearly 2,000 migrant children have been ripped from their parents at the border under president Trump‘s new “zero-tolerance” policy – state-sponsored trauma intended to deter undocumented immigration, and even asylum seekers.
New photos of separated migrant children in border patrol custody show them in oversize kennels, sleeping on mats on a bare concrete floor with only foil blankets for comfort.
Senator Jeff Merkley, the Oregon Democrat who has spearheaded opposition to family separation, wrote to Speaker Paul Ryan in unvarnished language Saturday:
“The Trump child-snatching policy is evil.”
Democrats have a bill to outlaw the Trump policy. The Keep Families Together Act – introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein – would stop the government from taking children from their parents in the border zone, except in cases of suspected trafficking.
“Many of these families are fleeing terrible violence, traveling thousands of miles on foot for the chance to file an asylum claim and save their lives,” said the centrist California Democrat. “To traumatize them further is unconscionable.”
Heading into the weekend, the bill had more than Democratic 40 cosponsors – but also a surprising list of party holdouts, including Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.