Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

But late Wednesday evening, after the executive order was signed, an ICE official sent a notification that the family detention centers the agency runs would close for three days.

"The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders", Bush wrote.

The release of the audio comes amid public outcry over the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policies, fueling outrage over what many people see as inhumane treatment of immigrant children.

The "Flores agreement", a 1997 federal court case, limited how long the government could keep children in immigration detention. "Families belong together and babies and children should never be used as political pawns in the immigration debate".

Several groups of lawmakers toured a nearby facility in Brownsville, Texas, that houses hundreds of immigrant children.

The children are believed to be between 4 and 10 years of age, and they're crying because their parents have been detained elsewhere after crossing the U.S. -Mexico border, according to an activist who provided the recording.

"We've had other cases where the child goes to ORR and they do not know where parent is, and the parent doesn't know where child is", Frydman said.

The controversy surrounding migrant families separated by US border agents is ramping up.

"This policy is relatively new", said Steven Wagner, an acting assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services "We're still working through the experience of reunifying kids with their parents after adjudication". Now, there's an audio clip of children who have been separated from their parents. "This isn't hard", said Lee Gelernt of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Recording of crying children at border adds to outrage

The recording was released by investigative USA media outlet ProPublica on Monday, and was said to have been made from inside a U.S. customs and border protection facility. A guard could be heard joking: "We have an orchestra here".

The policy had led to a spike in family separations in recent weeks, with more than 2,300 minors separated from their families at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to Homeland Security. Their initial goal was to collect $1,500 - enough for one detained immigrant parent to post bond.

Audio obtained by ProPublica captures the noises of children inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility screaming and crying because they've just been separated from their parents.

"What started out as a hope to help one person get reunited with their family has turned into a movement that will help countless people", the couple said in a statement released by a spokeswoman Wednesday. "No more free passes, no more get-out-of-jail-free cards".

"It's about keeping families together while at the same time being sure that we have a very powerful and very strong border", Trump said.

ProPublica said it called the number recited by the girl and reached the aunt.

"So, we are advising the government of the United States that this is not the right way to handle that particular phenomenon of people seeking asylum across the border".

But Hargrove said that Making Change at Walmart, which highlights many criticisms of the company on its website and social media, is "shamelessly promoting its own agenda".

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