Biden promised to end the family separation policy in the campaign
MIAMI-Catalina Avilés crossed the border between Mexico and the United States nine months ago in search of a better life. After Joe Biden arrived at the Presidential Palace, he thought it was time for his three daughters to try and be able to live together again, but the eldest daughter was deported and the two young children were already in the juvenile center. more than one. In May, under the custody of the US government, I don’t know when to meet.
A similar thing happened to his fellow Mexican, Grisel Hernández. Her mother Mirna crossed the border with her two underage daughters, hoping to seek asylum, but the woman was deported and the two little girls were put in custody in the United States, away from her grandmother and mother living in the United States . Since two years ago.
In a recent telephone interview from her home in Austin, Texas, Aviles said: “It’s so hard to go through all these things. I don’t know when I will see my daughter again.” She explained: “As a mother, It’s terrible, it’s hard, it’s a terrible helplessness,” she explained. Every time three-year-old Alexa and five-year-old Kimberley called her from the New York Youth Center, they would cry and ask her when Together again
Like the cases of Katarina and Grissel, thousands of children who have crossed the border without their parents in recent weeks have been separated from the adults traveling with them and detained in juvenile centers until they are handed over to their authorities until. Their relatives or foster families.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the process begins with mandatory isolation and can last for several weeks. During this period, the boy’s only contact with his mother is usually one or two phone calls a week.
This situation is similar to the situation where children have passed through the border without a parent or legal guardian for many years.
During his campaign, Biden promised to end the family separation policy and tried to prevent the arrival of immigrants. He warned that the border was still closed, but families and unaccompanied minors continued to come, hoping to see friendlier than them. Policy. His predecessor Donald Trump (Donald Trump).
Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, a policy adviser to the U.S. Immigration Council, told the Associated Press: “These separations are not new.”
He said: “They will continue until the government chooses to take this issue seriously and find a way to prevent it from happening.” He was referring to the minor reaching the border.
Since taking office in January, the government has stated that it is committed to adopting a more humane immigration system and releasing unaccompanied minors to their families “as soon as possible and in the safest way.”
After crossing the border, the child will be detained by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). According to information provided by the government, more than 80% of these boys have relatives here, and in more than 40% of cases, they are parents or legal guardians.
The Biden administration reported that it had contact with 100,000 immigrants at the border in February, which is the highest record since 2019, with a four-month influx of immigrants. In March, these meetings had an average of 5,000 people attending each day. If these numbers were maintained throughout the month, it would have increased by 50% compared to February.
Since records, including the largest number of unaccompanied children, and the overcrowding of detention facilities, forcing US authorities to open up more space. The goal is to accommodate 13,500 beds in shelters for minors.
The current situation reminds people of what happened to the Trump administration until it chose to repatriate children, especially after it issued a public health statement on the coronavirus.
Although Biden still protects himself to a certain extent to expel adults, he chose not to expel minors due to the risks they face in his home country.
The President asked immigrants not to travel, but Grisel, for example, ignored these suggestions and believed that the border was open. Therefore, he asked his mother to go to the border with nine-year-old girl Zulemi and four-year-old Elana to seek asylum. The 53-year-old woman applied for asylum but was told that she could not enter. Fearing border violence, he crossed the river separating the two countries on March 7 and asked the authorities for help. She and her 15-year-old son were deported to Mexico, while her two granddaughters were detained and are still waiting to be reunited with their mother who lives in Nebraska.
Grandmother Mirna called her daughter Grisel in the last few weeks of pregnancy to let her know.
Grissel said: “I feel very painful.” The 33-year-old woman said: “I am worried that they will separate the two sisters (two girls). They are crying, afraid, and know nothing about them. Otherwise they will get lost in the system.”
Daily statistics provided by those agencies show that as of March 29, more than 17,000 unaccompanied minors were detained in the United States, about 12,000 were under the custody of HHS, and the rest were under the custody of CBP. In the past 30 days, an average of nearly 490 children were detained or handed over to the border every day, most of them fleeing violence and poverty.
In these cases, there is also the case of Catalina Avilés.
The 41-year-old single mother arrived in the U.S. in June 2020 to find a future for her family and thinks it’s a good time for her 18-year-old daughter Yeraldy, who has been attacked by organized crime groups, and her The two sisters seek asylum together.
However, Yeradi said that after three unsuccessful attempts to seek asylum at different border posts, she decided to cross the river illegally on a raft with her sister on February 18 and asked the border authorities for help.
According to the young woman, they were detained together for six days, and then Yeradi was taken by bus to one of the border bridges, where the US authorities left her at dawn. From there, he took a taxi to a hotel in Ciudad Juárez and called his mother to let her know what had happened.
Now, she feels guilty for giving up her sister, and she believes that her sister will be reunited with her mother within a week. The young woman cried in a telephone interview at her home in Michoacán in southwestern Mexico: “I feel very sad.” She was harassed by drug cartels and organized crime and one of the nation’s most homicides. “I am worried that they will not be delivered.”
Her mother Catalina said that she had submitted every document they requested, but she still couldn’t meet her little child. The Mexican said that she lived in Los Angeles from 2005 to 2009 and was a victim of domestic violence. When she decided to return to her country, her case was closed. He said that the authorities are now clearly investigating the closing of the case.