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Pence visits Brazil: children separated from parents and Venezuela refugees in the agenda

Tuesday, June 26th 2018 - 08:46 UTC
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Pence will hold bilateral talks with Temer on Tuesday and on Wednesday he is scheduled to visit an Amazon city where refugees from Venezuela are being housed Pence will hold bilateral talks with Temer on Tuesday and on Wednesday he is scheduled to visit an Amazon city where refugees from Venezuela are being housed

President Michel Temer will press U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during his two-day visit to Brazil on cases of Brazilian children separated from their parents upon trying to enter the United States, a Brazilian diplomat said on Monday.

Pence will hold bilateral talks with Temer and other Brazilian officials on Tuesday. On Wednesday he is scheduled to visit an Amazon jungle city where refugees from Venezuela are being housed. He will travel to Ecuador Wednesday afternoon.

Temer “will express his worries about the treatment” of about 50 Brazilian children who were separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration’s policy of seeking to detain and prosecute anyone accused of entering the country illegally, said Brazilian diplomat Fernando Magalhaes during a Monday foreign ministry briefing in Brasilia.

In an about-face last week, U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order that ended the separations at the U.S.-Mexico border, but reuniting children with parents has proven troublesome.

However, family reunifications have been slow. There are still thousands of children separated from their parents, including several Brazilian citizens.

According to Magalhaes, Brazilian diplomatic staff in the US have reported difficulties in locating these children.

Categories: Politics, Brazil, United States.

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  • DemonTree

    I heard a conspiracy theory about this; that evangelicals in the US government had arranged for the children to be taken from their parents so they could be adopted by Christian families in America and 'saved'.

    In any case, the fact the US authorities have apparently not made any records to allow reuniting them is even more appalling then splitting up families in the first place.

    Jun 26th, 2018 - 01:54 pm 0
  • :o))

    @DT

    REF: “I heard a conspiracy theory about this”:

    It's NOT just a “theory”!

    The Religious Politically Connected Men [of God] have a nice scheme going, for providing cheap “illegal” labor + votes [to the corrupt US-Politicians]; against the lucrative favors exchanged. Any disillusioned illegal returning migrant will confess about this [& the following].
    https://dannottdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/mexico-drugs2.jpg

    Jun 27th, 2018 - 12:44 am 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Conspiracy theories aside, while I do not agree with the separation of families of immigrants, regardless of the fact that they may be illegal, it does no harm to take a look at the origin of the mass emigration of Central American refugees to the US.

    The following is an excerpt from an article I read :
    “This crisis developed during President Barack Obama’s administration and continues under Trump. The two administrations have taken different approaches. Obama prioritized the deportation of dangerous people. Once he took office, Trump issued an executive order rolling back much of the Obama-era framework.
    Obama's guidelines prioritized the deportation of gang members, those who posed a national security risk and those who had committed felonies. Trump’s January 2017 executive order does not include a priority list for deportations and refers only to “criminal offenses,” which is broad enough to encompass serious felonies as well as misdemeanors.
    Then, in April 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled out the zero-tolerance policy.
    When families or individuals are apprehended by the Border Patrol, they’re taken into DHS custody. Under the zero-tolerance policy, DHS officials refer any adult “believed to have committed any crime, including illegal entry,” to the Justice Department for prosecution. If they’re convicted, they’re usually sentenced to time served. The next step would be deportation proceedings”

    So it looks like Obama set the 'rules' that permitted the problems that are happening now
    - by being lax at enforcing immigration laws at the Mexican border, which encouraged the emigrants - under Trump's 'zero-tolerance' policy.....so instead of pointing their fingers at each other, why dont both Democrats and Republicans - who are to blame - work “together” to find a solution, that attends both the aspirations of those who are legitimately seeking refuge, and the interests of the US.

    Jul 03rd, 2018 - 07:27 pm 0
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