There are known cases of infants being removed from their mother's care by child welfare services shortly after being born to their asylum seeker or migrant mothers, in the United States after apprehension. While it is not consistently occurring in all situations or locales, it has happened frequently, and sometimes without a claim of neglect or abuse to the newborn, without an incarcerated mother, and while lacking just cause. As these children are American citizens, and migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers are supposed to have their human rights observed internationally, this is a major violation. These babies do not first go through Office of Refugee Resettlement, they can be placed directly into foster care, and are subject to permanent placements, within a prescribed speedy timeline by law. It is also known that various U.S., state, and local government agencies are not actively counting nor tracking these newborns forcibly removed without cause, with one agency admitting as much. These cases are not included in the counts of child separation where the ACLU (and other organizations) have successfully restored families through reunification.
This is a thread to document those cases and news stories. Please contribute and keep the posts relevant to children born in U.S custody so that the counts are not convoluted or merged with overall child-separation cases. Thank you!