Last week, the Trump administration made the decision to separate immigrant families at the border by detaining children from their parents. More than 2,300 children were taken from their parents at the border between May 5 and June 9, with leaked videos showing that some were being held in cages. Additionally, some of these children were forcibly drugged by authorities with psychotropic drugs in order to manage their trauma, turning into a lawsuit. Many have condemned these separations, viewing them as politically and morally-wrong, and the White House has been struggling to quiet public outcry. All four living former first ladies have described these separations as cruel, inhumane, and un-American.
On Sunday, Trump reversed his policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border. After this reversal, he stated that people who enter the United States illegally should be deported without acknowledgement of their due-process rights or trial. Trump did not differentiate between those entering to seek asylum and illegal immigrants. Lawmakers now struggle to reach consensus on immigration legislation and federal agencies are trying to reunite the migrant children with their parents. These children are now spread out throughout the country, both in foster homes and institutional settings.