2,000 Families Separated After Being Caught Crossing Border Illegally

Bessie Dean
June 18, 2018

Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" Conway said, "As a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who's got a conscience ..."

Children would be separated from their parents if the families had been apprehended entering the country illegally, John Kelly, then the Homeland Security Secretary, said in March 2017, "in order to deter more movement along this terribly risky network".

Trump plans to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss pending immigration legislation amid an election-season debate over an issue that helped vault the NY real estate mogul into the Oval Office in 2016.

Because the children are not charged with a crime, U.S. rules state that they can not be detained with their parents.

In the past, families in this situation have typically been subject to civil deportation proceedings instead of criminal prosecution.

Among those who have professed objections to the policy is the president himself, who despite his tough rhetoric on immigration and his clear directive to show no mercy in enforcing the law, has searched publicly for someone else to blame for dividing families. And Donald Trump is not going to do that, he's just not going to kick the can down the road'. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has introduced a bill in the Senate focused narrowly on ending the child separations, but it has not yet attracted any Republican support. "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the goal of order".

The two questioned whether deterrence was a motivation for separating migrant families and asked for details about DHS's procedures for processing asylum applications from families. "I hope to produce the outrage and the public pressure to force those in power to do the right thing".

For President Trump, of course, it's just politics, the pain, trauma and suffering that his administration is inflicting notwithstanding - to say nothing of the optics.

"Stephen Miller: Congrats, the separation policy that you sold to your boss Mr. Trump will result in images that will crater you both".

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"Stop lying to the American people". "And I don't see how you do that without having a suite for every self-described family unit". "I certainly don't want anybody to use these kids as leverage", she said.

On Sunday, Democratic members of Congress paid a "surprise Father's Day visit" to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centre in New Jersey, demanding to see detainees separated from their children.

This one is of Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the gates of the camps kids are getting housed. Before April, border patrol agents could use discretion in deciding each case; a parent with children would probably have received somewhat more favorable treatment.

WASHINGTON-Almost immediately after President Donald Trump took office, his administration began weighing what for years had been regarded as the nuclear option in the effort to discourage immigrants from unlawfully entering the United States.

"The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their awful and cruel legislative agenda", he tweeted.

In a tweet on Saturday he urged Democrats to work with Republicans to create new laws. We need a wall.

The policy has drawn condemnation from medical professionals, religious leaders and immigration activists, who warn that some children could suffer lasting psychological trauma.

"This must not be who we are as a nation", said Representative Jerrold Nadler, one of seven members of Congress from NY and New Jersey who met with five detainees inside the facility, including three who said they had young relatives removed from their care after seeking asylum at the border.

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