The administration is reportedly charging immigrant mothers as much as $800 for DNA tests to reunite them with their children.
Considering there was absolutely no plan, methodology, or strategy on the part of the government when they separated these mothers from their children, it’s even more insulting that they would then turn around and force those mothers to pay for the ability to reconnect with their children.
The U.S. government is effectively forcing immigrant parents to shoulder the financial burden that it created when it separated these families without any plan or system to reunite them.
Additionally, records obtained by Slate indicate that the administration will cut funding to HIV/AIDS programs in order to pay for the detention of an estimated 3,000 immigrant children.
So not only is the administration forcing the people they victimized to pay for their reunification, but it’s also taking vital support for people with a chronic, life-threatening illness in order to sustain its inhumane practices.
All of this comes as Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told CNN that the government’s systematic separation of children from their parents is “one of the great acts of American generosity and charity.”
“It is one of the great acts of American generosity and charity, what we are doing for these unaccompanied kids who are smuggled into our country or come across illegally.” — Azar
Azar also mocked the process, saying he could release all the children at once if he wanted to, but that “the court doesn’t want that.”
“We could put children back with individuals who are murderers, kidnappers, rapists or are not their parents, but we’ve worked with the court to ensure that we do our duty, which is to protect child welfare and ensure that they are in fact that. I could release all of the kids by 10:55 p.m., but I don’t think you want that. I know the court doesn’t want that.” — Azar
“These are firm deadlines; they are not aspirational goals.” — Judge Dana Sabraw
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