545 Migrant Kids Snatched by the U.S. Government Are Still Missing Parents
The Trump administration’s family separation policies have left 545 migrant children without traceable parents, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Most of these children were detained during unauthorized border crossings in 2017, during a pilot program to test President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance family separation policy.
“We just reported tonight to the court in #aclu case that we still cannot find parents of 545 kids separated by Trump admin—some just babies when taken years ago. We will not stop till we find EVERY one,” tweeted ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt on Tuesday evening. (“I’ve been litigating this case since 2018 and each revelation is still shocking,” commented Gelernt earlier this month.)
The Trump administration formally instituted its migrant family separation policy in 2018, though the pilot program had already begun.
“Unlike the 2,800 families separated under zero tolerance in 2018, most of whom remained in custody when the policy was ended by executive order, many of the more than 1,000 parents separated from their children under the pilot program had already been deported before a federal judge in California ordered that they be found,” notes NBC News.
That judge, Dana Sabraw of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, wrote in a June 2018 decision that “the practice of separating these families was implemented without any effective system or procedure for (1) tracking the children after they were separated from their parents, (2) enabling communication between the parents and their children after separation, and (3) reuniting the parents and children after the parents are returned to immigration custody following completion of their criminal sentence. This is a startling reality.”
The ACLU was one of the organizations tasked by the court with trying to track these children’s parents down so they could be reunited.
We won’t stop until we have found every one of the families, no matter how long it takes. https://t.co/HBj6iBb1wR
— ACLU (@ACLU) October 21, 2020
On Zoom, Jeffrey Toobin, and Section 230: Inappropriate sexual behavior during a video chat with colleagues could bring lawsuits, notes Shoshana Weissmann, riffing on current events involving The New Yorker‘s Jeffrey Toobin. “And if lawsuits are filed, Toobin, rather than Zoom, should be liable. Zoom likely had no knowledge of the incident until it was reported, nor did Zoom have anything to do with his actions. Toobin is also not an employee of Zoom.”
If you agree, you should support Section 230 of federal communications law, Weissmann explains:
It is this same principle that Section 230 protects: that platforms should not be liable for content published by users. But platforms are liable for their own content that they publish, such as tweets from @Twitter or any static pages on Facebook.com created by Facebook.
Unfortunately, there have been a plethora of proposals to strip Section 230 protections unless certain (often arbitrary) conditions are met. These proposals are ill-advised, and the Toobin incident highlights why….
If a lawsuit comes of the Toobin incident, he will be liable for the behavior, and Zoom will not. Let’s keep each responsible for their own junk.
Meanwhile, another new bill aimed at Section 230 has taken shape in Congress:
#Section230 emerging reg: Protecting Americans from Dangerous Algorithms Act
Bill text: https://t.co/I8vNxxkkMF
230 redline: https://t.co/JeLI8cJu7S
Bill tracking spreadsheet: https://t.co/twoOfZMBcs
— Jess Miers (@jess_miers) October 20, 2020
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