81 chil­dren sep­a­rated from par­ents at Us-mex­ico bor­der since June

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WASH­ING­TON: The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion sep­a­rated 81 mi­grant chil­dren from their fam­i­lies at the Us-mex­ico bor­der since the June ex­ec­u­tive or­der that stopped the gen­eral prac­tice amid a crack­down on il­le­gal cross­ings, ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment data ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press.

De­spite the or­der and a fed­eral judge’s later rul­ing, im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials are al­lowed to sep­a­rate a child from a par­ent in cer­tain cases se­ri­ous crim­i­nal charges against a par­ent, con­cerns over the health and wel­fare of a child or med­i­cal con­cerns.

Those caveats were in place be­fore the zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy that prompted the ear­lier sep­a­ra­tions at the bor­der.

The gov­ern­ment de­cides whether a child fits into the ar­eas of con­cern, wor­ry­ing ad­vo­cates of the fam­i­lies and im­mi­grant rights groups that are afraid par­ents are be­ing falsely la­beled as crim­i­nals.

From June 21, the day af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s or­der, through Tues­day, 76 adults were sep­a­rated from the chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to the data. Of those, 51 were crim­i­nally pros­e­cuted 31 with crim­i­nal his­to­ries and 20 for other, un­spec­i­fied rea­sons, ac­cord­ing to the data.

Nine were hos­pi­tal­ized, 10 had gang af­fil­i­a­tions and four had ex­tra­ditable war­rants, ac­cord­ing to the im­mi­gra­tion data. Two were sep­a­rated be­cause of prior im­mi­gra­tion vi­o­la­tions and orders of re­moval, ac­cord­ing to the data.

“The wel­fare of chil­dren in our cus­tody is para­mount,” said Katie Wald­man, a spokes­woman for the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, which over­sees US im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment.

“As we have al­ready said and the num­bers show: Sep­a­ra­tions are rare. While there was a brief in­crease dur­ing zero tol­er­ance as more adults were pros­e­cuted, the num­bers have re­turned to their prior lev­els.”

At its height over the sum­mer, more than 2,400 chil­dren were sep­a­rated. The prac­tice sparked global out­rage from politi­cians, hu­man­i­tar­i­ans and re­li­gious groups who called it cruel and cal­lous. Im­ages of weep­ing chil­dren and an­guished, con­fused par­ents were splashed across news­pa­pers and tele­vi­sion.

A fed­eral judge hear­ing a

law­suit brought by a mother who had been sep­a­rated from her child barred fur­ther sep­a­ra­tions and or­dered the gov­ern­ment to re­unite the fam­i­lies.

But the judge, Dana Sabraw,

left the caveats in place and gave the op­tion to chal­lenge fur­ther sep­a­ra­tions on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis. Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union at­tor­ney Lee Gel­ernt, who sued on be­half of the mother, said he hoped the judge would or­der the gov­ern­ment to alert them to any new sep­a­ra­tions, be­cause right now the at­tor­neys don’t know about them and there­fore can’t chal­lenge them. PARIS: France will forge ahead with its own tax on dig­i­tal gi­ants in 2019 if the EU fails to agree on how to get the likes of Google and Facebook to pay more tax in Europe, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Bruno Le Maire said Thurs­day.

Le Maire told France 2 tele­vi­sion he would give him­self “un­til March” to reach a deal with other EU mem­bers on a dig­i­tal tax, nick­named the GAFA tax af­ter Google, Ap­ple, Facebook and Ama­zon.

If the talks fail, “we will do it at the na­tional level in 2019: we will tax dig­i­tal gi­ants if Euro­pean states do not take their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” he said.

On Tues­day, France and Ger­many agreed on a scaled­back ver­sion of the tax in a bid to over­come sig­nif­i­cant op­po­si­tion to the plan among some of their EU neigh­bours.

Un­der the new plan -- pre­sented as an in­terim so­lu­tion while wait­ing for a global deal bro­kered by the OECD -- dig­i­tal gi­ants would pay a three-per cent levy on ad­ver­tis­ing sales.

The mea­sure, set to come into force in 2021 if a global plan has not been agreed by then, would chiefly tar­get Google and Facebook, which dom­i­nate the on­line ad­ver­tis­ing mar­ket in Europe.

Paris ar­gues it would be a vote win­ner for main­stream EU par­ties be­fore Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tions next May, in which anti-brus­sels pop­ulists could do well.

France’s ini­tial pro­posal had a far wider scope but failed to gain trac­tion, ef­fec­tively killing the pro­posal as Euro­pean tax rules re­quire unan­i­mous back­ing by all EU mem­bers.

Ire­land, which hosts the Euro­pean head­quar­ters of sev­eral US tech gi­ants, leads a small group of oth­er­wise mostly Nordic coun­tries that ar­gue the tax will also pun­ish Euro­pean com­pa­nies and stoke Wash­ing­ton’s anger.

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