Despite yesterday’s deadline to reunite all separated immigrant children with their families, more than 700 still remain separated.
The government is claiming that these 711 children are “ineligible” for reunification.
Reasons for this vary from their parents already having been deported — at least 430 of them — to the government being unable to locate the correct parent or guardian.
Protests were held across the country to demand reunification, including demonstrations against big banks in opposition to their financial support for private prisons.
In other protests, children led the way wearing shirts that read, “I am a child,” echoing the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s “I am a man” protests.
At this point the administration has not only failed to meet multiple court ordered deadlines to reunite these immigrant families, it has also violated the Flores settlement, which is supposed to limit child detention to no more than 20 days.
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