Anger over migrant family separation 'warranted', Archbishop Chaput says

Catholic News Agency | 6/24/2018 | Staff
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Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 25, 2018 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his latest column, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia called out the Trump administration and Congress for putting families in jeopardy while further frustrating immigration reform.

“...there’s a human cost to political theater that can be inexcusably ugly, especially when it’s paid by children. The administration’s most recent blunder – separating children from their parents caught illegally entering the country – was both stupid and destructive, and the storm of anger it sparked, warranted,” Chaput wrote June 22.

Week - President - Donald - Trump - Policy

Last week, President Donald Trump walked back a policy at the U.S.-Mexico border that had been causing political uproar throughout the country for weeks.

In May, the Trump administration announced a “zero tolerance” policy: immigrants found illegally crossing the border would be held in a federal jail until they go before a federal judge, who must determine whether immigrants will receive prison sentences for crossing the border illegally.

Shift - Lead - Family - Separation - Children

This shift lead to family separation, because children cannot be held legally in a federal jail for more than 20 days per the 1997 Flores Settlement. These children were placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services while their parents’ cases were processed.

The separations sparked a nation-wide uproar, as images and recordings of distressed, separated children were widely broadcast.

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On June 20, Trump announced an executive order that ended the practice of...
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