ICE holds 7-Year-Old Captive and Away From Her Mother
By Kevin Del Rosario
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 3:56 PM PDT
Back in October of 2017, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), detained an undocumented immigrant and her daughter. Stories of these detainments are nothing new in this day and age. However, the circumstances under which ICE has kept these two constitutes as cruel and unusual punishment according to many Democratic politicians, journalists and tweeters.
For four months, the Congolese woman and her daughter were kept from each other in separate immigration facilities; the mother in San Diego while her daughter was in Chicago. The 7-year-old daughter was kept in custody by herself for majority of her days, with only limited phone calls to her mother.
Many Democratic politicians and journalists have spoken out about this injustice. Democratic candidate for the 14th Congressional District of New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on March 13th, “ICE has kept a 7 year old captive & alone for FOUR MONTHS with no parents around. This is cruel and unusual punishment. The Eighth Amendment strictly prohibits government from acting this way. THIS is what we need to ‘shut down until we figure out what’s going on.’ Defund ICE.” The incident went viral on Twitter a few days ago as more and more people spoke out against the ICE.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the mother and her daughter were released in late February after the The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. Government for unlawful separation.