The fact that Ivanka posted the following photo on social media, that very day, goes to show you how irrevocably detached from real-world issues she is-completely unaware that this would cause a public outcry.
The storm surrounding family separations by immigration authorities has been brewing for several months.
The eldest daughter of President Donald Trump, who serves as an adviser to her father, posted the picture of her with her infant son yesterday, with the caption: "My 3!"
What prompted the current outcry?
President Trump reacted to the outrage in characteristic fashion a day later, blaming Democrats (falsely) for "the awful law that separates children from parents once they cross the Border", and setting off even more outrage.
In the 1997 legal settlement, the court ruled that DHS can only detain minors at the border for a maximum of 20 days, before being required to release them to foster families or shelters if the kids are unaccompanied.
Senior administration officials said Tuesday in a call with reporters that they believed adults including gang members and smugglers were using "loopholes" in the existing immigration system to exploit children, and that Congress should change the system if lawmakers didn't like it. At a congressional committee last month, however, it was determined that the government was "unable to determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,475" minors after attempting to contact their sponsors in the last three months of 2017. In 2015 it emerged that a group of minors from Guatemala had been contracted into forced labour after being placed with sponsors by the government.
Even before Ivanka Trump posted the image of her son, anger had been growing about the plight of children arriving in the USA, with the hashtag #Wherearethechildren used over 800,000 times on Twitter. These buses, equipped with seats for babies and young children, are subsidized to transport children ages four to 17, who are enrolled in educational programs, to off-site field trips.
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Critics attacked the timing of Ms Trump's post on Sunday, and used it to draw attention to anger over separated and missing children. While this is obviously a completely normal thing to do, and would usually be met with nothing but positive responses and feelings of joy, the complete lack of awareness regarding timing and content is baffling-as her father's administration is now responsible for separating and losing 1,500 undocumented children.
Some are now calling for a march in cities across the USA on 14 June.
President Trump has himself spoken out against separating migrant children from their families.
He has incorrectly blamed the Democrats for the practice, saying: "We have to break up families". The Democrats gave us that law.
"If you call a friend and they don't answer the phone, you don't assume that they've been kidnapped", he said Tuesday.
Unlike a child who learns from getting burned, the media and amnesty advocates will not hesitate to light the match again in an effort to burn the Trump administration.
Case in point was Arizona Republic opinion contributor EJ Montini, who suggestedthe Trump administration should have laid out a "plan to adequately protect the children" before "announcing a plan to separate more children from families". That policy, embraced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, would enforce criminal charges against people crossing the border illegally with few or no previous offenses.
Westwood explained that the photo "comes, like you mentioned, amid scrutiny of the administration's policies letting the government separate children from their parents at the border".
Until now, those crossing the border illegally for the first time have been charged with a misdemeanour, punishable by a fine and/or a prison sentence of up to six months, before facing deportation.