Austin, TX – Just from this week, we’ve seen multiple reports that due to existing and new policies from the Trump Administration, the family migrant crisis at our border is worsening.
Tornillo shelter will expand to now hold 3x as many children.
El Paso Times: The temporary tent shelters at the port of entry in Tornillo, Texas, will be expanded to include as many as 3,800 beds for unaccompanied immigrant children apprehended at the border.
Migrant families arrests up 38% under Trump administration.
Washington Post: The number of migrant family members arrested for illegally entering the United States shot up 38 percent in August, according to statistics released Wednesday, a surge homeland security officials characterized as a “crisis.”
416 migrant children remain separated from their families.
Texas Tribune: Byron Xol Bol, who was detained with his father after crossing the Rio Grande into Texas in May, is one of 416 separated children who have yet to be reunited with their parents.
Trump Administration to indefinitely detain migrant families.
Texas Public Radio: The Trump administration wants to end limits on how long they can hold migrant children in custody. Instead of 20 days, they now want to hold them indefinitely.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“It is sick that Trump Republicans ever thought traumatizing immigrant families was acceptable border policy. Instead of working to reunite families and end family detentions as quickly as possible, the Trump Administration continues to skirt accountability and expand their cruel efforts by moving to incarcerate traumatized migrant families indefinitely.
“This is not what Texans stand for, and they’ll remember in November.”