World 'They Took My Mom and Dad': ACLU's Mother's Day Ad Urges Biden Admin to Reunite Migrant Families
What has Biden done in 100 days?
The new US president can point to a list of achievements but there's plenty for him to ponder at the 100-day mark.By one measure, the Democratic president is doing quite well. He and his allies in Congress have passed a coronavirus relief package and are making progress on a second massive bill - a multi-trillion-dollar spending package of what the administration broadly defines as "infrastructure".
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will run a two-page ad in The New York Times on Mother's Day, in an emotional plea urging Presidentto reunite migrant families who were separated at the border under 's administration.
The ad, which was seen on Saturday by Newsweek, shows handwritten notes from migrant children against the backdrop of a childhood growth chart.
The heart-wrenching statements from children include: "They took my mom and dad," "I don't know if I'll ever be home again," and "Will my mom remember me?"—while showcasing that every day that a child is stuck at the border, they will continue to grow without their families.
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In the speech, Biden touted his American Jobs Plan and mentioned his administration's legislative agenda, including expanding civil rights and reforming the nation's immigration system.In the speech—delivered one day shy of his 100th day in office—Biden touted his American Jobs Plan. He encouraged out-of-work Americans to partake in the $2 million plan's newly created jobs in infrastructure rebuilding and caregiving.
Furthermore, the ACLU is calling on Biden to guarantee protections and U.S. citizenship for families that have been separated.
"This Mother's Day, hundreds of children remain separated from their mothers and thousands of others are suffering from the trauma Trump's family separation practice inflicted," Anthony Romero, ACLU executive director said in a statement.
"We know the Biden administration and the Family Reunification Task Force are working hard on this issue, but four families out of thousands is only the beginning – thousands more remain separated or suffering," he added.
The ad, which will run on Sunday, May 9, comes after the Biden administration worked to reunite its first four families that were separated at the border this week, according to Axios.
Biden is quietly enforcing one of Trump’s most anti-immigrant policies
More than 600,000 migrants have been expelled at the southern border.But he has kept in place a Trump-era policy that effectively put up a wall to the vast majority of migrants arriving on the southern border over the last year on the grounds that they could spread Covid-19, even though they may have legitimate claims for humanitarian protection.
However, Biden warned last week that the situation remains grim and that his administration isthat were affected by Trump's border policies. From April 2018 until June 2018, Trump implemented a highly controversial "zero tolerance" family separation policy that resulted in thousands of children being taken from their parents or guardians upon arrival in the U.S.
"What we have done is we have united children with their families as they've come across the border," Biden toldNews on April 30 while discussing how his border policies differ from Trump's.
"But one of the things is, we don't know yet where those kids are. We're trying like hell to figure out what happened. It's almost like being a sleuth, and we're still continuing to try like hell to find out where they are," the president added.
On Saturday, the ACLU said the Trump administration's family separation practice affected approximately 5,500 children.
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"I'm working on it, man. Give me another five days," President Joe Biden said Thursday in response to hecklers that demanded he "end detentions now" and "abolish ICE."The president traveled to the Peach State on Thursday and visited with former President Jimmy Carter before attending a drive-in rally to mark his first 100 days in office and promote the $4 trillion spending proposals that he outlined one day earlier during an address to Congress. Minutes after Biden's speech began, a small group of protesters interrupted it by shouting demands that he "end detention now" and "abolish" Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
"The [Biden] administration understands it needs to pick up the pace, and we can't hang the 'mission accomplished' sign just yet. All total, more than 5,500 families have suffered unimaginable trauma and deserve a path to citizenship, immediate care, and resources to help them," the organization added.
The Mother's Day ad comes a month before Biden's Family Reunification Task Force is expected to issue a new report on the issue on June 2.
"We are calling the Biden administration to work urgently to fulfill its promise to reunite these families and provide them with resources for care, permanent legal status, and a commitment that such an atrocity will never happen again," the ACLU added Saturday.
Bishop Larry Gaiters Calls Death of Joe Biden's Wife, Daughter and Son 'Satanic Sacrifice' .
The far-right radio host has also said two recent deaths connected to NBA stars were part of a Satanic plot.In a recent broadcast of Up Front In The Prophetic, a QAnon-aligned religious podcast, Gaiters said "my two contacts in the FBI" told him that Beau Biden didn't actually die of brain cancer in 2015.