JUN 29, 2018: The Muslim community in Tampa, Florida has offered to take care of all the 2300 plus migrant babies and children (8 months and older) separated from their families residing at various detention centers.
The group announced the offer at a news conference on Tuesday at noon. (Watch video below)
The formal announcement by Islamic Society of Tampa Bay on Friday comes amid reports that seventeen US states and Washington DC are suing Trump’s administration over its family separation policy at the US border.
“This immoral policy of taking babies from their parent and locking them up must stop, the Muslim community is ready to do its part by hosting these children in loving and safe homes until they are reunified with their parents,” said Ahmed Bedier, president of United Voices for America.
A report appearing in the TIME magazine said migrant parents are scrambling to locate their children separated from them at the U.S. Border.
a federal judge in California late Tuesday ordered halt to most family separations at the US border and the reunification of all families that have been separated in the first major rebuke to the Trump administration during ongoing furor over family separations at the border.
The lawsuit against Trump’s administration by the states was filed by 18 Democratic attorneys general and attempts to force the administration to reunite the approximately 2,000 separated children with their families.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement the policy to detain children away from parents was a “heartless political manoeuvre”.
Officials have said that at least 2,342 children were separated from their parents after being apprehended crossing the border unlawfully since May 5, when the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy towards migrants went into effect, NBC News reports.
But numbers provided to NBC News by the Department of Homeland Security show that another 1,768 were separated from their parents between October 2016 and February 2018, bringing the total number of separated kids to more than 4,100.
More than 1,000 children were separated between October 2016 and September 2017, and 703 were separated between October 2017 and February 2018, according to DHS.
It’s unclear how many of those 1,768 children were separated after President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. NBC repeatedly asked DHS for comprehensive data, but the agency declined to provide month-by-month figures and did not provide any numbers for March and April 2018.
According to a news report by NBC, the U.S. government was separating migrant parents from their kids for months prior to the official introduction of zero tolerance, running what a U.S. official called a “pilot program” for widespread prosecutions in Texas, but apparently did not create a clear system for parents to track or reunite with their kids.
The Islamic group says the humanitarian program will host all 2,300 children currently separated by President Trump’s border policy until they are reunified with their parents.