October 2, 2019

BREAKING: Trump Administration Considering Rule to Terminate Rights of Unaccompanied Minors

Press Release

Today, news broke that the Trump Administration is considering a rule to terminate the rights of unaccompanied children, if they do not apply for asylum within 60 days, reversing a decade of more lenient policies for minors who arrive in the country and navigate the asylum process alone.

Families Belong Together Chair Jess Morales Rocketto released the following statement:

“Jailing children in deadly conditions is not enough for the Trump administration. Now, they’ve enacted cruel restrictions to serve as yet another hurdle for children and families running from poverty, violence, and starvation. Americans believe in protecting children, not slamming the door in their faces.”

More than a year after the Trump administration supposedly ended its family separation policy, children remain separated from their families. Since September, six children are known to have died after being taken into U.S. immigration custody. The tally includes 16-year-old Carlos Hernandez Vasquez, 2 ½-year-old Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vásquez, 16-year-old Juan de León Gutiérrez, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, 8-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, and 10-year-old Darlyn Cristabel Cordova-Valle. Another 20-month-old girl, Mariee Juárez, died shortly after being held with her mother at a family detention center in Texas. Her mother is now suing the government for neglect.


The Families Belong Together coalition includes nearly 250 different groups comprising tens of thousands of Americans from all backgrounds who have joined together to fight the Trump Administration’s cruel family separation and anti-immigrant agenda. Led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn, the ACLU, FWD.us and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Families Belong Together coalition organized the National Day of Action that saw hundreds of thousands of people protest the family separation policy and other inhumane immigration policies at more than 780 events in all 50 states. The coalition is at the forefront of the fight to permanently end family separation and incarceration, immediately reunite all families who remain torn apart, reverse the Trump administration’s zero-humanity policy that created this crisis, and hold accountable anyone who has profited politically or financially from the suffering of these families.

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