The Trump administration has been considering proposing a policy that would separate families who seek to cross the border illegally. However, immigration advocates and other supporters deem it inhumane to enact such treatment, especially to those persons seeking safety and security from their home countries. But, because in past situations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has found that smugglers would pair non-relative children with adults in hopes of achieving the less suspicion factor. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made it so that, unless that adult can provide appropriate documentation of the family relationship, separation is necessary. In the immigrants’ defense however, these important documents might have been in the custody of another relative to avoid them being lost during transport and would have been provided upon safe arrival.
According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), immigrants seeking protection in our country should not be punished by having them separated from their families. “Family separation causes emotional and psychological damage and makes it harder for families to present their case for legal protection.” Thus, AILA is partnering with many other organizations in efforts to increase Congress’ oversight of DHS and all of its connected entities.