Poorly-Timed Trump State Department Report Criticizes Countries That Separate Children from Families
On Thursday, President Donald Trump's State Department released its annual report on global human trafficking.
The report raised eyebrows for a section warning countries not to separate children who come into their custody through smuggling from their families.
“Removal of a child from the family should only be considered as a temporary, last resort,” the report reads. “Studies have found that both private and government-run residential institutions for children, or places such as orphanages and psychiatric wards that do not offer a family-based setting, cannot replicate the emotional companionship and attention found in family environments that are prerequisites to healthy cognitive development.”
That portion of the report left a senior State Department official briefing reporters awkwardly referring reporters to Homeland Security and Health and Human Services for comment.
The official also declined to comment on President Donald Trump’s recent remarks, claiming that smuggling of children and women is the worst it’s ever been.
More than 2,000 children who were separated from their families and locked in cages by the Trump administration are still awaiting family reunification.