According to NBC News, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are asking migrants parents whose kids were separated them ,whether they want to leave the country with or without being reunited with them.
According to a copy of a government form obtained by NBC, ICE agents have been instructed to read a form to migrant parents that asks them to choose one of two options: “I am requesting to reunite with my child(ren) for the purpose of repatriation to my country of citizenship” or “I am affirmatively, knowingly, and voluntarily requesting to return to my country of citizenship without my minor child(ren) who I understand will remain in the United States to pursue available claims of relief.”
This upsetting report comes as the Trump administration continues to face opposition over its “zero tolerance” immigration policy. The controversial policy resulted in the separation of hundreds of migrant families since being implemented by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in May.
Even though Trump rescinded his controversial policies last month through executive order, thousands of kids remain apart from their families, and it’s unclear if the government has any kind of mechanism to facilitate reunification.
NBC reported asylum law states that immigrants who have been detained should still be permitted to make a claim for asylum, whether or not they were given a deportation order.
Kids in Need of Defense, which provides pro bono legal services to immigrants, suggested to NBC News that ICE is forcing migrant parents to waive their right to asylum by holding their children “hostage.”