Immigration

The Trump Regime Uses Info From Migrant Children to Deport Their Families

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

An increasingly large number of migrant children are being held by the Trump regime, but the Trump regime is also actively making it more difficult for them to find homes or temporary shelter.

Unbeknownst to us, the Trump regime has been using information they gather from the children in their custody to deport the friends and relatives who would have provided them a home in the past.

Dozens of rights groups are now blowing the whistle and threatening legal action for the practice.

From the Associated Press:

The new role for the Office of Refugee Resettlement, an HHS unit that works to reunite unaccompanied migrant children with relatives until their legal status can be resolved, began under an information-sharing agreement it quietly signed in April with immigration enforcement agencies in DHS.

Fingerprints and personal data from would-be sponsors and members of their households were then fed into a DHS database originally intended to track criminal histories — but revamped in May to aid immigration verification, government documents show.

Wednesday’s letter complains that federal, state and local authorities — and some foreign governments — have virtually untrammeled access to that database, which could subject law-abiding potential sponsors to unwarranted scrutiny.

Federal officials say the information-sharing aims to protect the migrant kids from traffickers and other abuse. But since it began, the average time children spend in federal custody has roughly doubled to more than two months.

Just yesterday we learned that former Office of Refugee Resettlement waived full background checks at detention camps for migrant children, making them vulnerable to predators and abusers.

Today we learn that Lloyd also made it more difficult to reunite the children with families and sponsors by using any information children give them to go after potential sponsors. And you can bet the children weren't told or didn't fully understand the implications of this. Children who are old enough to understand may have withheld information to protect their families.

Any words I can think of feel inadequate to convey what a motherfucker Scott Lloyd is. Lloyd considers himself a family man of "God" who tried to stop migrant teens from obtaining abortions, but he has also exposed tens thousands of children to trauma and took steps that will ensure some families are never reunited. He has undoubtedly created orphans.

Conservative Christianity is synonymous with white supremacy.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Lloyd considers himself a family man of “God”

    In my experience, people who describe themselves as “men of God” or “God-fearing Christians” or any of the several other turns of phrase they use, have been without exception utterly un-Christian.

    They use it like some sort of protective mantra as if declaring themselves to be “of God” means they can do whatever they want. “Pay no mind to what I’m actually doing. It doesn’t matter how henious and vile it is because I’m a man of God.” as if that somehow trumps everything else.

  • mnpollio

    “Conservative Christianity is synonymous with white supremacy.”

    And you would be correct. If anyone starts talking proudly about being a conservative Christian or conservative Catholic, I suggest picking up your things and moving to a safe location, because the chances are high that you are dealing with a right-wing loon. They truly see anyone outside of their narrow purview (feminists, gays, liberals, minorities, non-Christians, poor, etc.) as being beneath contempt and somehow not human, so the laws of decency get to be mothballed and empathy is a nonexistent luxury that can be denied. This is real convenient, because they still get to tout their bona fides as “great Christians” because it is not like they are harming “real people” – they are just harming “others”. Otherize people to the point of dehumanizing them, destroy them in every way you can think and make their lives a living hell, and then glad-hand around the Church on Sunday to prove what a God-fearing man/woman you are. The whole outlook is disheartening and disgusting, but it is very prominent in this movement.

    • Christopher Foxx

      People who declare themselves to be “real Christians” or constantly point to their faith or devoutness as if it actually means something are trying, every damn time, to cover up the actions they know are un-Christian.

      I’ve known religious people who truly do good works. Not a one of them draws attention to it or their faith. They’re matter-of-fact and low key about it.

      I’ve known people who can’t go more than a paragraph without making you aware that they consider themselves deeply devout Christians. Without exception they’ve nearly as frequently said or done something decidedly un-Christian.

  • Draxiar

    I just don’t understand this cruelty.

  • simpfan

    A man of “God” who worships an immigrant refugee while simultaneously making lives miserable for immigrant refugees.

    “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in”
    -Matthew 25:35

    • muselet

      Yup. None of that touchy-feely, hippie-dippy crap for Scott Lloyd and RealMurcan Jesus!

      For people who claim to believe every word of the bible is literally true, Righty Christians sure do spend a lot of time and effort … erm … interpreting inconvenient passages into nonexistence, don’t they?

      –alopecia

  • muselet

    Just when I thought the Trump administration couldn’t sink any lower.…

    The barrel truly has no bottom.

    –alopecia