Trump officials find 14 more children they forgot they'd kidnapped
Months after implementing Trump’s cruel policy of tearing children from their families, the administration ‘found’ 14 more kids they’d forgotten about.
New victims of Trump’s heartless ploy to hurt immigrant families by tearing away children — including babies — from their families have been discovered.
In a recent court filing, the Trump administration said “it recently discovered 14 more migrant children who had been separated from their parents at the border and were not in the official count of separated minors,” reports NBC News.
With these children, the total number of kidnapped babies, toddlers, and kids torn away from their family by Trump’s zero tolerance mandate stands at 2,668.
Advocates fighting to reunite the victims of state-sanctioned cruelty with their families were understandably outraged at the callous disregard shown by an administration that lost track of children they took from families.
“As bad as it is that the administration has lost track of children, it hardly comes as a shock, given the lack of any plan to reunite the families,” Lee Gelernt, an ACLU attorney, told NBC News.
Over the summer, Trump instituted a “zero tolerance” policy at the U.S.-Mexico border and began separating families.
While Trump officials initially lied about what they were doing, the discovery of baby jails and children locked in cages soon exposed the world to the true horror Trump had approved.
Images of frightened children dominated the news as families frantically wondered if they would ever see their children again. At least one family faced the ultimate hardship, as their 18-month-old toddler died from a respiratory infection shortly after being released from a federal detention facility.
Trump reluctantly relented, eventually halting the policy. But new reports show Trump may reinstitute the policy in the future.
While much of the nation and world was horrified by Trump’s policy over the summer, many Republicans defended it. In Pennsylvania, Rep. Scott Perry made up false stories about human trafficking to defend the practice, going so far as to lament that federal law prohibits children from being held for more than 20 days.
Former CIA director and four-star general Michael Hayden compared Trump’s family separation policy to Nazi Germany.
One key difference is that the Nazis kept better records of their atrocities.
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