First we find out two weeks ago that Customs Border Patrol stops listening to the Justice Dept’s zero-tolerance policy which has created HUGE bottlenecks at the border, headache, protests and pissed off Federal Judges….
Then Homeland boss Neilsen is sent out infant the media as a sacrificial lamb to get a public beatdown that leaves her unable to go out in public and eat, even with a security detail…
Neilsen has gone ahead and sat down with Foreign Ministers from Mexico and the Central American states’s to work out a human way of dealing with the migration of families to the American border….
The political effort to scare people from trying to come to America seems to be put aside…..
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is creating an office within the department to help the governments of Central America and Mexico get information about reunifying families following their separation by the Trump administration.
Nielsen met Tuesday in Guatemala with the foreign ministers of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and discussed the separated families and reunification effort.
Meanwhile, U.S. immigration officials worked to reunify dozens of children with parents amid a court mandate. More than 2,300 children were separated from their parents amid a zero-tolerance policy at the U.S. border that prosecuted anyone caught crossing illegally.
Nielsen said she hoped the office would help streamline the foreign requests and the process.
“I think we all echoed the same thought, every minister, that nobody is in favor of any system that ends up with family separations,” she told The Associated Press. “I think there were concerns about that.”
The group gathered for several hours and agreed to several actions aimed at discouraging migrants from coming north illegally. She said the governments were working together on a regional campaign to discourage migrants and fight smugglers, known as coyotes or polleros, and another messaging campaign targeted at children. More than 10,000 children are in shelters in the U.S. after crossing the border alone….
Faced with a court-ordered deadline to return young migrant children to their parents on Tuesday, the Trump administration said the reunited migrant families would be released into the United States, with the parents wearing ankle monitors. The announcement was an acknowledgement that the administration is returning to the “catch and release” policy Trump often rails against, but legal and logistical efforts currently underway may soon allow for harsher policies….
Though there are alternatives to detention — like using ankle monitors or community supervision — that have proven to be successful and cost-effective, the Trump administration is focused primarily on locking migrants up. When Trump issued an executive order last month ending the family separation policy, he said the new policy would be to “maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together.”
Brandon Judd, the head of the union representing border patrol agents, said that since deportation proceedings take about six to nine months, “It’s impossible to not separate the family unless the catch-and-release policy takes hold again.”
But the Trump administration has been working to change this, drawing up plans for how to house thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied minors. The Justice Department also fought to modify the 1997 Flores court settlement, which says migrant children can’t be kept in custody for more than 20 days.
A federal judge rejected the effort to allow longer detentions on Monday, calling the proposal a “cynical attempt” to shift immigration policy-making to the courts after “over 20 years of congressional inaction and ill-considered executive action that have led to the current stalemate.”….