Lawyer Helpfully Clarifies Exactly Why We Shouldn’t Be So Upset About Those 1,500 ‘Missing’ Kids

Over the Memorial Day weekend, thousands of people blasted Ivanka Trump for posting a photograph of her cuddling with her youngest son. On Twitter, people wrote that she was insensitive for uploading such a photo in the midst of reports that the US government has lost track of over 1,500 migrant children who are reported to have entered the country at the Mexican border.

On Twitter, MSNBC correspondent Joy Reid wrote, “You’d almost never know her father’s administration, to which she is an adviser, was brutally separating migrant children from their asylum-seeking parents and lost track of 1,500 of them.”

On Sunday, lawyer and writer Josie Duffy Rice took to Twitter to write that the reports of 1,500 missing kids should not be shared anymore:

After clarifying that she is a lawyer who works on criminal justice issues that sometimes include immigration, and that four of her closest friends are immigration attorneys who deal with the exact same thing, Rice said that the reported 1,500 children were not separated from their parents, but “crossed the border alien or arrived here without a parent.”

She continued:

“These kids were dealt with by ORR, the office of refugee resettlement. They were released into the care of people that almost always fit within one of these three categories: 1) immediate family 2) extended family 3) other people that the child has a pre-existing relationship with. If none of those categories apply, then the kids normally stay in a shelter.”

Here’s Duffy Rice’s full thread, it’s worth a read:

Many people were pleased that Rice wrote her professional take on the matter on Twitter: 

Others, however, weren’t as pleased: 

H/T: Twitter, Huffington Post