If this had been the result of a natural disaster then I could see them having problems accommodating all these children. But this is the result of a policy change. If you want to deport them then put them on planes and send them away.
Who's going to pay for all these planes, bro? Let's see, the Gonzalez family needs to fly to Mexico City, the Luis family to Guatemala, the Sanchez family to Costa Rica and the Smith family goes to Columbia. 4 families x 4 people = 16 international plane tickets at a cost of $1,000 each. So $16,000 for 16 people? And american taxpayers are going to pay for this? ARE YOU NUTS?! THIS WOULD INCREASE
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS COMING TO THE US. Everyone would come to the border to get a free plane ticket anywhere in the world. We'd be bankrupt in a matter of months. And what would stop these people from coming BACK to get more free travel?
Your arguments are pure idealism and make no sense in the real world.
If you take the children away from the parents because you wish to make a prosecution then you are responsible for the well being of those children.
The parents who illegally brought these children across an INTERNATIONAL border, under dangerous conditions, are responsible for the risks and issues which happen to their children if they get caught crossing such a border. Most well-meaning parents would leave their children at home with relatives and go to the border alone, looking for a green card, and then send for their children later.
In theory, the US is within it's legal rights to SHOOT THESE PEOPLE who try to enter the country illegally. You get that? The fact that we don't shoot them, or send out packs of wild dogs, or use drones to end their life is already a MAJOR ACT OF CHARITY. Then we HUMANELY take them into detention centers, FEED them, CLOTHE them, give them MEDICINE, a BED, and whatever else. IT'S ALL FREE! WHAT IS MORE CHRISTIAN THAN THAT?
If someone tries to enter your house, are you obligated to let them in, feed them, give them your bed and care for their children until the courts have time, 30 days later (at minimum) to review whether or not they should be in your house and where they should go now? Or would you call the cops and complain that a family is trying to break down your back door? What would happen if the cops came to your house and arrested this family? The parents would be sent to jail and the children WOULD BE SEPARATED and sent to foster care. HOW IS THIS ANY DIFFERENT THAN THE BORDER?
Again, you argue from pure emotion and idealism. No common sense.
With the implementation of this policy change it would have been foreseen that there would be a large number of children involved. Keeping small children in jail or jail like conditions is still considered child abuse.
There have ALWAYS BEEN children involved when it comes to immigration. So 2,000 out of 12,000 children were separated, per DHS statistics. That's only 16%. And most likely they were separated because we weren't sure if the "relative" of the child was actually their relative. You do realize that drug lords and terrorists ABDUCT children and bring them across the border as a cover, right? Then they sell the child (or worse) once they don't need them anymore. Most likely, the drug lord killed the family of the child as well. So the US is trying to STOP CHILD TRAFFICKING when such separations occur. Again, looking at the statistics, 84% of families ARE NOT SEPARATED.
Finally, if a family comes to the border, they know that being arrested is possible. A DETENTION CENTER is just another word for a jail. So EVERYONE who is in a detention center IS IN JAIL. When you complain about "jail like conditions" it just goes to show that you don't have a clear understanding of how all this works. When you complain about children being kept in "cells", you forget that THE ENTIRE DETENTION CENTER IS A BIG JAIL CELL. These people are being forcefully detained because THEY BROKE THE LAW, just like they would be handcuffed, fingerprinted and jailed if they tried to break down your back door.
These people are lucky to be alive. They are lucky we are taking care of them. I know that "some" of them need assylum but most come to the US looking for free stuff and a better life - this is not an excuse to break the law. They know the consequences and they know we are a charitable nation which is why they want to come here. If we were truly running a "gulag" where children were being treated like dogs, then people wouldn't be coming from all over the south american continent to get here.