2,000 Immigrant Children Separated from Family

2,000 Immigrant Children Separated from Family

During a six week span the Trump administration has separated more than 2,000 children from their parents at the border, according to the Department of Homeland Security.  There is intense backlash over the handling of the asylum seekers coming to the southern border.  The current policy is to prosecute as many people as possible and that results in splitting children from their parents.

Policy of Separation

The Trump administration has adopted a “zero tolerance” policy against illegal border crossings where families who are apprehended crossing the border without authorization are being separated so the adults can face prosecution.  The President has claimed that the separation of families is not his fault but rather that of the Democrats who enacted the law under President Obama.

The Department of Justice has stated that the number of prosecutions has more than doubled since Attorney Jeff Sessions announced the changes to the policy back in May.  However they are still far from the goal of universal prosecutions.  Now family members won’t be exempted from facing criminal charges and separations along the border is going to continue.  Here is a closer look at the crackdown at the border.

Facing Criticism

The Trump administration has faced a fury of criticism over the zero tolerance policy including from child care advocates and health care professionals.  The US Commission on Civil Rights has issued a statement asking both the Secretary of Homeland Security and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop the policy of separation.  They claim the policy raises concerns about coercive tactics and due process that may be used to pressure immigrants from applying for asylum.

What is the Law

Technically there is no law in place that requires the separation of families at the border.  Illegal entry is a crime but previous administrations have avoided prosecuting adults who cross with their children.  That doesn’t mean they won’t face future deportation but the family remains together.  The policy is meant to deter other immigrants from illegal crossings and to gain some positioning with the democrats.

There are even Republicans in Congress who have opposed the separations, but they don’t offer a real solution to the migrant crisis happening at the southern border.  Thus far the White House has blamed the Democrats for the violence that has come from illegal immigrants in the US.  Hopefully there is a solution both parties can agree on that doesn’t leave thousand of children torn away from their mothers.

College Student Award $350,000 After Girlfriend Ruins Scholarship

Eric Abramovitz was an accomplished clarinet player studying music at the University of McGill in Montreal.  Abramovitz applied to finish his degree at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.  Wanting to study with a world renowned clarinet teacher, Yehuda Gilad.   Abramovitz practiced for years trying to earn a scholarship to the prestigious school.

The scholarship, worth more than $50,000 per year included the tuition along with room and board.  Graduates from Colburn play with some of the most prestigious orchestras in the world, straight out of the program.  Only 2 students each year are selected to the program and these scholarships can make an entire career.  Abramovitz was a winner until his then girlfriend intervened.


Abramovitz was actually the winner of the highly coveted scholarship, but he never actually got to read or even hear the good news.  Back in 2014 when the email informing him that he had won the scholarship was intercepted by his then girlfriend Jennifer Lee.  Lee deleted the email and managed to fake a rejection letter from the school.  It would be a mistake that would end up costing Lee $350,000CAD.

When interviewed about the incident, Abramovitz said initially after receiving the rejection letter that “It was a disappointing feeling,” and that he had had high hopes for winning the scholarship.  Abramovitz was justifiably devastated after discovering what Lee had done.  He told on reporter that “It was really devastating to feel that incredible betrayal, and it made me think of our whole relationship and it made me feel like everything might have been a lie.”

The Court Case

Lee did more than just intercept an email, she contacted the school pretending to be Abramovitz to turn down the scholarship saying that he planned to “be elsewhere” during the school year.  She deleted the original acceptance letter and created an email address for the teacher Yehuda Gilad to create a fake rejection letter.

The Canadian Court agreed that this was indeed a betrayal and awarded Abramovitz $350,000 CAD in damages which included loss of educational opportunity, loss of reputation, potential income and part of the settlement was added because of Lee’s “despicable interference”.

Lee and Abramovitz broke up shortly after the incident for different reasons.  Abramovitz went on to complete is music degree at McGill University in Montreal.  In wasn’t until 2016 that the whole email scandal was discovered by Abramovitz and he decided to pursue legal action.