In a move that’s designed to dissuade illegals from South and Central America from coming to the United States, President Trump’s DHS Chief John Kelly told reporters that he is working on a plan that will separate illegal parents from their children. This is to counteract the Obama policy of releasing the parents and children, where they could disappear and not have to worry about deportation.
Federal judges have ruled that children cannot be detained for a long period of time. But the parents can be held indefinitely. The hope is that illegals knowing they will be separated will discontinue coming to America.
“I’m considering exactly that. I would do almost anything to deter the people from Central America to getting on this very, very dangerous network that brings them up through Mexico into the United States.”
Kelly explained that the driving force behind the plan is the safety of the migrants traveling through Mexico from Central America, who are almost always exploited — for money or sex — by the powerful drug cartels that control the human trafficking routes into the U.S.
If the plan were implemented, Kelly said the children would be turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services to be either put in the foster care system or linked up with other family members already in the U.S.
“We have tremendous experience of dealing with unaccompanied minors,” Kelly said.
Watch Kelly explain the plan below. The relevant portion begins around 6:15: