The United States Government today defended its action on immigration and did not reject rumors that they are considering policies that would mean new separations of immigrant families who cross the southern border illegally.
According to the Washington Post, the Executive of President Donald Trump is studying new measures against this group that would imply again the separation of immigrant minors from the relatives who accompany them when crossing the border area with Mexico.
Asked about it, the spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Katie Waldman, defended the government's immigration policies and did not deny the Washington newspaper's information.
"To maintain the president's commitment to the US population, DHS will continue to apply the law in human form and will continue to examine a range of options to secure our nation's borders," Waldman told Efe.
The spokeswoman maintained the rhetoric of the Administration and stressed that "the holes in the law encourage those who cross the border illegally to make this dangerous journey, because they are unlikely to face consequences for their illegal behavior and will almost certainly be released" .
According to the White House sources cited by The Washington Post, the Government is considering keeping the families together in custody during the first 20 days of detention, the maximum time allowed to keep a minor.
After that time, would give two options to adults while they process their deportation: release the children, separating them from them, or keep them locked up with them.
This option, which is being considered along with others, seems to be an attempt against the terms set forth in the so-called Flores agreement, approved in 1997 and which established the maximum limit that an immigrant child can be deprived of freedom.
On September 6, the Executive Branch registered a proposal that de facto would end this agreement and eliminate that limit of detention for minors, which the White House considers an obstacle to apply its migratory policies.
The news comes after the government initiated the "zero tolerance" policies that led to the separation of families on the border in April, until Trump signed an order in June that ended that family division, although several NGOs denounce that they have followed executing it later.
According to the latest federal report, 2,296 of the 2,654 children who were separated from their parents at the border have been reunified.
Of the remaining group, 136 minors continue to be under the care of the Refugee Relocation Office (ORR), and 96 of them have parents who have already been deported from the country.
Another 219 children will not be eligible for reunification, either because the parents themselves waived that right or because criminal records were detected, which is why the Government considers that the child is at risk.