Across the UK, thousands of children are waiting for a family of their own. This new series follows the searches of people desperate to become parents, and children who have suffered the toughest of starts in life, as they create new families through adoption.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Wanted: A Family of My Own - Trump administration family separation policy - Netflix
The Trump administration family separation policy, described by the Trump administration as part of its “zero tolerance” policy, was an enforcement aspect of U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policy. The policy was implemented in April 2018, and, following immense public opposition and political pressure, was suspended for an indefinite period of time on June 20, 2018, through an executive order. On June 26, a federal district court issued a nationwide injunction ordering a halt to the policy, and reunification of children with parents. Under the policy, federal authorities separated children from their parents, relatives, or other adults who accompanied them in crossing the border, whether apprehended during an illegal crossing or, in numerous reported cases, legally presenting themselves for asylum. The policy involved prosecuting all adults who were detained at the U.S.–Mexico border, sending the parents to federal jails and placing children and infants under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Trump administration justified its policy by falsely claiming that they were required by law to implement it and that Democrats were at fault. Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the policy, citing the Bible. Other administration officials argued that the policy was intended to deter immigration or be used as political leverage to force Democrats and moderate Republicans to accept hardline immigration legislation. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians and the American Psychiatric Association condemned the policy, with the American Academy of Pediatrics saying that the policy has caused “irreparable harm” to the children. In April and May 2018, an average of 45 children were taken from their parents per day. According to the HHS, the policy led to the separation of over 2,300 children from their parents, though others said the figure may have been much higher. On June 29, an NBC News investigation revealed that prior to the Trump “zero tolerance” announcement the government had been running a previously undisclosed “pilot program” in Texas in which an additional 1,768 children were separated from their parents between October 2016 and February 2018. Authorities made the decision to take children from their parents without a plan to reunite families, resulting in numerous cases of parents and children having no contact since being forcefully separated. To enforce the administration's policy, federal prosecutors had to divert resources from other criminal cases. The fiscal costs of separating children from their parents were approximately three times higher than keeping families intact in detention centers. Following the suspension of the policy, the children that were already separated from their parents remain interned; the Department of Health and Human Services stated that the status of children already detained will not be affected by the Executive Order, and will not be immediately reunited with their families.
Wanted: A Family of My Own - Proposed facilities - Netflix
Houston facility for young children, pregnant girls, and teenage mothers—Southwest Key has leased a 53,600-square-foot building—419 Emancipation Avenue—formerly occupied by the non-profit Star of Hope in Houston, Texas, and applied to use it as a detention center for up to 200 migrant youth “from age 0 to 17”. Advocates report that the facility would house “children younger than 12 as well as pregnant and nursing teenagers”; the Department of Health and Human Services refers to this younger age group as “tender-age children” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner opposes the facility and has urged the Texas state government not to license it. At a press conference, Turner said, “I do not want to be an enabler in this process. I do not want the city to participate in this process. The health department has yet to provide a food permit or shelter permit. … If we don't speak, if we don't say no, then these types of policies will continue.” Military detention camp for migrant families at Fort Bliss Military detention camp for migrant children on Goodfellow Air Force Base
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