Milwaukee joins national protest demanding end to Trump's zero tolerance policy

Frederick Owens
July 6, 2018

President Trump on Thursday renewed his call to overhaul the deportation system so that illegal border crossers are swiftly sent back to their home countries and not processed by the immigration courts, likening the situation to stopping an intruder "on your front lawn". The statement exemplified his past rhetoric towards immigrants which made his position clear about keeping them out, in order to provide for a more "safe country, free from drug cartels, and prevent the stealing of American jobs".

"Tell the people 'OUT, ' and they must leave, just as they would if they were standing on your front lawn", he continued in another tweet.

Trump tweeted last month that, "Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November" because Democrats "have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem".

The protests over the weekend saw hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets in solidarity with the over 2,000 children that have been forcibly separated from their parents who crossed the U.S. border. Some of them, too, were escaping poverty or violence when they came to USA shores.

"Congress - FIX OUR INSANE IMMIGRATION LAWS NOW!" he yelled in a third.

How is President Donald Trump dealing with that crisis?

Families that come through ports of entry can enter legally, then seek asylum without arrest; but others choose to get into the USA any way they can, then they ask for asylum.

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The form U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are directed to read to detained parents instructs them to sign next to one of two lines: "I am requesting to reunite with my child (ren) for the goal of repatriation to my country of citizenship", or "I am affirmatively, knowingly, and voluntarily requesting to return to my country of citizenship without my minor child (ren) who I understand will remain in the United States to pursue available claims of relief".

Some of the immigrants have already passed an initial phase of asylum screening. It is estimated more than 100 children in the area have been separated from their parents, AP reported. "We are seeing cases where people who have passed credible fear interviews and have pending asylum claims are being given this form", said Lee Gelernt, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union who is leading a class action lawsuit for family reunification.

Since an executive order ending the separations, parents are being presented with a document called the Separated Parents Removal Form from U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

According to the form, parents must agree to the terms 'affirmatively, knowingly, and voluntarily'.

By relinquishing an asylum claim, they are giving up a path to gain status to remain in the country.

A federal judge has ordered the government by next Tuesday to reunite the youngest of the migrant children with their parents that border agents, on Trump administration orders, had separated in recent weeks when they were apprehended crossing illegally into the country. The judges would serve to reduce a massive immigration case backlog.

That came under the existing "zero tolerance" policy announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and implemented at the border.

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