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49 Brazilian Children Are Separated from their Parents in the USA, a New List Reveals
06/21/2018 - 11h29
ESTELITA HASS CARAZZAI
A new list sent by the United States government to Brazilian authorities reveals that at least 49 Brazilian children are separated from their parents and being housed in children's shelters.
This number is six times greater than the total that was known previously to the Brazilian consulate in Houston and that had been published by Folha earlier on Wednesday (the 20th).
The Brazilian children identified are between the ages of 5 and 17 years of age and are located throughout the United States.
Folha gained access to the document and was able to identify and locate the 15 institutions that have received Brazilians. The majority are located in the Chicago region where 29 children are being held. Eight more are in Arizona, seven in Texas and two are in California. There are additional Brazilian minors in New York and Florida.
The parents are being held in prisons situated close to the southern border with Mexico - as far as 3,500 km (2,200 miles) from the shelters. The majority of them didn't know the whereabouts of the children until contacted by the Brazilian consulate.
Children are being separated from parents when crossing the border illegally due to Trump's zero tolerance policy - which, in April, started mandating criminal proceedings against all illegal foreigners resulting in their being sent to prisons. At least 2,000 children of all nationalities have been secluded from their parents in the last six weeks.
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|Immigrants recently processes and released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection wait at the the Catholic Charities RGV, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in McAllen, Texas|
On Wednesday, Trump signed an executive order determining that family members detained at the border remain together while their cases are pending. The government argues that it is complying with federal law, which doesn't permit minors to be held in federal prisons.
The Itamaraty (Brazilian Foreign Service) has directed Brazilian consulates to regularly visit the minors and map out all of the shelters.
Translated by LLOYD HARDER
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