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Trump Administration: Immigrant Children

By: Ryan H.

The American government is under attack again, specifically the Trump administration regarding the immigrant children being ripped out of the hands of their parents and being forced into detention centers. Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings stated how “in the United States of America, we will not intentionally separate children from their parents. We will not do that, we are better than that.” Well, it’s clear Cummings didn’t get the memo because for years the American government agencies such as Child Protective Services (CPS) have been removing children from upstanding families without cause. Who oversees these matters? Who protests in the streets? Who is willing to look into this matter with both eyes open? Don’t cry over spilled milk!

Julie Baumer was arrested and sentenced to 15 years in jail because she lacked a level of financial resources sufficient for effectively working within the American legal system. The Hill household dealt with the death of their 2-year-old daughter as she was placed into foster care by CPS until both parents could develop an agreement regarding custody. Joanna Swartwood experienced the same struggle in San Diego, California.

The resources available to these families aren’t available for others. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in general, lawyers earned a median annual salary of $115,820 as of May 2015. However, in January 2016 standard family law attorneys earned median annual pay of $69,499. Most American families are dealing with financial hardships and can’t afford additional expenses. Our friends at the Washington Post exposed how the U.S. average disposable income comes out to $3,258 per person per month, which is about a sixth higher than Canada’s average. However, personal disposable income varies quite widely across the U.S and Canada. Disposable personal income (DPI), is the amount of money that households have available for spending and saving after deducting income taxes.

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