Immigrant Families Still Seek Asylum in Trump’s America


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U.S. activist Ricardo Garcia (R) from Casa Asuncion shelter, accompanies six Honduran and Guatemalan migrants to ask for political asylum in the U.S. They are at the Paso del Norte International Bridge, in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico on the border with El Paso, Texas. This photo was taken on June 15, 2018.

All over people are talking about what is happening at the US/Mexico border. Families are being separated as they try to enter the United States. Normally stoic news reporters are turning away from what they are trying to report in tears at child detention centers in Texas. People are waiting at LA and NYC airports to protest what is happening. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are calling President Trump’s family separation policy immoral. Trump seems to have caved under the outside pressure and signed an executive order yesterday to keep migrant families together. Is that it? Is it over? Can families seek asylum in the United States once again?

Since May 7th, “All border crossers would be referred to the Department of Justice, and everyone referred would be prosecuted for the misdemeanor of illegal entry. Since then, dozens of parents have been split from their children every day; the children are labeled ‘unaccompanied minors’ and sent to government custody or foster care, and the parents are labeled criminals and sent to jail” according to Vox staff.

In the last 7 months, 2,700 children were separated from their families. Trump’s executive order does not reunite these already separated families. According to, Trump said, “‘Today, I signed an executive order…We’re going to keep families together, but the border is going to be just as tough as it’s been.'” Based on this statement, families will stay together and still be detained at the border.

There seems to be only two choices: separate children from their parents, or keep them together, but also detained as a family at the border. This makes the second choice seem better, more humane. Is it? Or is it what was already happening before the zero tolerance policy?

Has nothing really changed?

If you want to make change happen, here are 7 things you can do to help. If you think that people should not be seeking asylum in America, read this article in Time magazine about why refugees keep coming despite Trump’s crackdown.

If you want to know what it takes to move to the United States legally, here are the 11 steps, including how to pay the Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee and Affidavit of Support Fee (You need a bank routing number and a checking or savings account number from a U.S. bank.), and forms to fill out from the U.S. Department of State.

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