The photo is being called "tone deaf" since she shared it amid numerous reports about immigrant families being separated at the U.S. -Mexico border under the Trump administration's policies. They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires.
Over the weekend, a group of photographs posted by the Arizona Republic quickly went viral until it was pointed out that the pictures had been taken in 2014, while President Barack Obama was still in office.
The photos of the youths lying on a mat inside a wire cage began appearing online over the weekend after reports said the federal government "lost track" of almost 1,500 immigrant children at the end of 2017. But this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new policy (not law) that all people crossing the border illegally would be subject to criminal prosecution, and that because children can't be held in adult jails, families would be split up. Until recently, the result was that families who crossed the border seeking asylum often were released in the US while their cases were pursued.
What's more, Democrats aren't wholly responsible for either policy. Give us your exhausted, your poor, your huddle masses yearning to breathe free - and we will torture them for wanting a better life.
But it was that Obama-era policy that encouraged parents to bring their children along for illegal border crossings in the first place, said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington D.C. -based anti-immigration think tank.
He added that the pictures had been taken while the government was trying to "move those children out of those shelters as fast as humanly possible and connect them with their parents, most of whom were already in the United States". Yet undocumented immigrants were deported at significantly higher rates during the Obama administration. During those two months a total of about 8,400 unaccompanied minors were caught on the southwest border. Parents who balk at giving their fingerprints to the government could be forced to leave their children in long-term foster care.
"This is long-standing laws that are just being enforced right now".
Even critics of Trump administration policy concede that the children may be OK.
On Tuesday, Wagner said many children are with people who are in the country illegally and that "there's no reason to believe that anything has happened to those kids". "You'd nearly never know her father's administration, to which she is an adviser, was brutally separating migrant children from their asylum-seeking parents and lost track of 1,5000 of them". Thankfully, she has a humanitarian side, as well, and graciously offered everyone suffering from displacement, heartbreak, and the physical loss of their child, a "great week".
The problem with Romney's idea is that it assumed the government could accomplish this goal by standing in the way of undocumented immigrants finding jobs, when the reality is that a lot of them make money doing low-pay, low-skill work (farm labor, child care for individual families, housekeeping) that is notoriously hard to monitor for compliance with laws precluding the hiring of such workers.
"If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law", Sessions declared in speeches in Scottsdale, Ariz., and San Diego on May 7.