Leftists Gamble on Belief Americans Oppose Family Detention, But That is a Losing Bet



For weeks, the myth-fueled media coverage of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy focused on children being separated from their parents after attempting to enter the U.S. illegally. The public relations offensive mounted by open borders advocates resulted in President Trump taking executive action to address family separation at the border.

Trump’s Executive Order moved to bring about a solution to a burgeoning crisis fairly quickly, but not quickly enough to keep pace with the moving goal posts of his open border caucus.

Surely, critics would embrace any proposal to ensure children were no longer “being ripped from their mothers” or “torn out of the arms” of their fathers.

When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced narrowly-written “emergency legislation” intended to keep illegal immigrant families together as their cases were processed, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was not satisfied.

“The president alone can fix it with a flick of a pen by signing a presidential order to end the agonizing screams of small children who have been separated from their parents,” Schumer said on Tuesday.

And when he did, Schumer again was unsatisfied.

“It seems that the administration lacks a plan, intention, and a sense of urgency to begin reuniting these children — many of whom have suffered serious emotional anguish — with their parents,” said Schumer in a letter to Trump that was co-written with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi, in her own press release, proclaimed from her high horse that “instead of protecting traumatized children, the President has directed his Attorney General to pave the way for the long-term incarceration of families in prison-like conditions.”

It seemed with the swipe of the presidential pen, the goalposts had been moved. It was not about separating families, it has always been about detaining families or any individual who has entered the U.S. illegally.

Amnesty advocates may believe the American people are equally opposed to family detention, but they would be wrong.

A new poll conducted by The Economist and YouGov shows overwhelming support for the administration’s other immigration actions.

Yes, there was public opposition to the practice of separating families – a mere 18 percent strongly approved and 14 percent somewhat approved of separating children from their parents or guardians.

The same cannot be said for family detention. Asked how illegal alien families should be handled, a majority (43 percent) said to “hold families together in family detention centers until an immigration hearing at a later date.”

And half of all Americans (32 percent strongly approved and 18 percent somewhat approved) are in favor of “the new federal policy to arrest and send to jail anyone who crosses the border into the United States without proper documentation.”

Similar findings were shown in a June Politico/Morning Consult online poll. That survey found 49 percent of registered voters backed referring for prosecution those who are found illegally entering the United States from Mexico.

Immigration is a complicated issue – and so are Americans’ views on it.

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Jennifer joined FAIR as Web Content Writer in 2017 and brings to the role extensive communications and media background. She began her career as a policy research analyst on multiple national and state political campaigns before entering journalism. In addition to spending over a decade writing for several broadcast and print news outlets, Jennifer directed communications strategy for a member of Congress and a military nonprofit.

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    It is a common tactic for politicians and others to use “the children” as props in order to advance their agenda and manipulate and put a guilt trip on Americans to get them to acquiesce to their agenda because what decent person could possibly be against “the children”?

    If anyone actually believes that any of the corrupt, very high income, insulated, and phony political, economic and media elites that are creating the current mass hysteria actually give a @#!! about the poor immigrant children I have a bridge to sell you. These are the same people who live in gated communities, send their children to private schools, and are perfectly happy to use cheap immigrant labor whether nannies, etc., or H-1Bs from India in order to jack up the price of their stock options.

    Do they love the children of poor immigrants, whether illegal or legal, enough to give their parents a pay raise, build low income housing in their gated communities for their families to live in, and have their children attend the same schools as their children and grandchildren? No, the illegal immigrants and all the associated societal costs will be dumped in the neighborhoods of all those racist, nativist “little people” while the elites who supposedly care about them so much profit from the cheap labor and/or votes.

    Currently in the US, the top 0.1% of the population owns as much wealth as the bottom 90% of the population. Importing millions of poor people into the country will only drive down wages and exacerbate current disparities in wealth and contribute to political unrest as the US continues to resemble Latin American countries like Brazil or Argentina, with most of the wealth at the top, a small middle class and masses of poor people at the bottom. See California.

    Spare me the phony tears corrupt, hypocritical American elites.

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    WHAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING, IN OUR COUNTRY, THAT BEING THE USA. IS INTERNATIONAL CRIMINALS, GANGS. THAT WANT TO CONTINUE TO FORGE THROUGH, OUR BORDERS, AND BE ACCOMMODATED.??? YES, INDEED AND FURTHER, DEMAND THAT OUR USA, DO AS THEY THE CRIMINALS MS13 AS WELL, AS OTHER SIMILAR OF INTEREST GROUPS WOULD HAVE ITS WAY . OF LATE, USA POLITICIANS, LONG OVERDUE NUMEROUS, POSITIONS HELD.???OF THAT GROUP. MANY USA LEGAL CITIZENS ARE NOTICING,? THIS INCOMPETENCE AND VERY OUTLANDISH BEHAVIOUR, TO PAY HOMMAGE TO THE THIEVES, AND LAIRS AND CHILD PORN KING\QUEENS, AND DRUG TRAFFICKING AND ILLEGAL ARMS AND CASH, TRANSFER IN AND OUT OF OUR USA THROUGH ALLOWING FOR ILLEGALS INTERNATIONAL CRIMINALS PASSAGE AND SERVICES AND PROTECTION, FROM CRIMINAL PROSECUTION, IMMEDIATELY. ???WHEREAS AMERICAN LEGAL CITIZENS. ARE LEFT OFF IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY USA, BY THEIR REPRESENTATIVES,(POLITICIANS)??? ON EVERY TURN. SOME SAY, LOOKS TO BE, TREASONOUS BEHAVIOR. FOR INTERNATIONALS AND CRIMINALS DRUG PEDDLERS AND (MANUFACTURING DRUG ECT). AND OTHER ILLEGAL CONTRABAND PEDDLERS OF MURDER, RAPISTS, AND AUTO AND HOME AND BUSINESS THEFTS AND OUR USA WAY OF LIFE THEFT, AS WELL, CHILD SMUGGLING/PORNOGRAPHY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING, JUST TO NAME FEW, GANG AND RELATED CRIMINALS AND OTHER ENTRY RELATED CRIMES? WE THE PEOPLE LEGAL} USA LEGAL CITIZENS TAXPAYERS, ARE SUMMARILY ORDERED AND WILL HAVE TO PAY UP, FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ILLEGAL AND INSURGENCY??? THAT JUST ARRIVED??? AND CONTINUOUSLY??? ARE TO HOUSE, FEED, MEDICAL AND WHATEVER??? MAINTAIN AND ALL THAT INTERNATIONAL( INSURGENCY), DEMANDS ??? JUST PAY UP FOR INTERNATIONAL CRIMINALS. ??? WHAT ABOUT LAWS AND ORDER BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE GREAT LEGAL CITIZENS AND OUR VETERANS, OUR CHILDREN AND OUR RIGHTS (NOT THE AWARDS THAT ARE GIFTED TO THE INTERNATIONAL INSURGENCY OF LAIRS THUGS THIEVES (BY POLITICIANS, FROM OUR USA TAXPAYERS FUNDS??? )GIFTED TO THE INSURGENCY) INTERNATIONAL CRIMINALS UPON, ILLEGAL ENTRY INTO OUR USA ??? “BIG” WHAT HAPPENED??? WITH THIS GROSS NEGLIGENT CONDUCT, UNBECOMING ANY USA REPRESENTATIVE, WHERE IS RESPECT, AND DIGNITY TOWARDS AND FOR PROTECTING USA LEGAL CITIZENS RIGHTS TO “LIFE LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS”??? PERHAPS THE WALL AND NO DACA, AKA DECEPTIVE??? NO MORE TO LAIRS THUGS AND THIEVES. PLEASE ON OUR HOMELAND. NO MATTER, WHAT POLITICIAN(INSIDER) OR OUTSIDER LIES OR ACTS IN A WAY AS TO WORSEN, THE POSSIBILITY OF IMPUNING THE USA LEGAL CITIZENRY.WHAT SAY U

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      The American on

      One thing that is for sure happening is monkeys like you that believe all are criminals…..

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        They are. Or are you ignorant of the fact that EVERYONE who crosses the border at any place other than a recognized border crossing location is breaking the law?
        Ignorance of the law regarding such is something you should correct before making such an asinine comment.
        SOME of those illegal (Get that? “illegal”?) aliens simply are, or will be committing numerous additional crimes in addition to that of entering illegally.
        For the lazy among you, follows is a very simple explanation of what “illegal” means: “Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.
        And contrary means: “opposite to, opposed”

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    Patricia Watkins on

    I am one of those who support detention for illegal migrants, even if it means that their children are in detention with them. The parents/guardians are the ones to blame for getting their kids into this mess by illegally entering America. And what about all the kids who are ripped away from their parents who are incarcerated? Lets let their kids move in with them too. It is time for asylum requests to be moved away from the border. Asylum requests need to be applied for in designated areas in their own country and/or in Mexico which is the first “safe” country that they illegally enter.