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Jun 21, 2018

Weekly Primer: The Immigrant Children ‘Too Small To Remember Their Parents’ Names’

This is about more than the thousands of families who have already been separated at the border as a result of Trump administration policy, horrific as that is: It’s about the gears of state turning in unison to grind a vulnerable population deep into the Texas dust. Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided earlier this month that victims of domestic and gang violence generally do not qualify for asylum protections. The government has also illegally refused asylum-seekers at designated ports of entry. For months, asylum-seekers have been wrongfully subject to criminal prosecution even before they have a “credible fear” asylum interview. Those in criminal proceedings are guaranteed a (now severely overworked) public defender, but those in civil immigration courts are not. In April, days after Sessions announced his “zero-tolerance” policy, the Justice Department paused a program that offered legal advice to immigrants. Trump also eliminated an extremely successful detention alternative program for undocumented people. Sponsors who wish to claim migrant children out…

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