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They are telling us these are all criminal lawbreakers and they’re going to have their children taken away.” We didn’t know what it would mean. They are children that came with their parents, and the idea that we’re creating this crisis—it’s a manufactured crisis where we’re going to let children suffer to somehow allow this draconian approach with families seeking shelter and safe refuge. Sometimes they will tell the parent, “We’re taking your child away.” And when the parent asks, “When will we get them back?
And so we saw about six hundred children who were taken away from October to May, then we saw an explosion of the numbers in May. The Office of Refugee Resettlement taking in all these kids says that they are our children, that they are unaccompanied. ” they say, “We can’t tell you that.” Sometimes the officers will say, “because you’re going to be prosecuted” or “because you’re not welcome in this country” or “because we’re separating them,” without giving them a clear justification.
Anne Chandler: We run the Children’s Border Project, and we work with hundreds of kids that have been released from ORR [Office of Refugee Resettlement] care.
We are not a legal service provider that does work when they’re in the shelters.
And we may see more parents that get out of jail because they pass a “credible fear” interview, which is the screening done by the asylum office to see who should be deported quickly, within days or weeks of arrival, and who should stay here and have an opportunity to present their asylum case before an immigration judge of the Department of Justice.
So we have a lot of individuals who are in that credible fear process right now, but in Houston, once you have a credible fear interview (which will sometimes take two to three weeks to even set up), those results aren’t coming out for four to six weeks.
TM: So, just so I make sure I understand: the parents come in and say, “We’re persecuted” or give some reason for asylum. And then their child or children are taken away and they’re in lockup for at least six weeks away from the kids and often don’t know where the kids are. AC: So the idea of zero tolerance under the stated policy is that we don’t care why you’re afraid.
Those parents are finding themselves in adult detention centers and in a process known as expedited removal, where many are being deported.
And their children, on the other hand, are put in a completely different legal structure.