Published: Wed, June 20, 2018

The Trump Administration Is Separating 65 Children a Day From Their Parents

The Trump Administration Is Separating 65 Children a Day From Their Parents

The Republican calls for a policy rethink follow the release of an audio recording appearing to capture the desperation and suffering of young migrant children separated from their mothers and fathers at the U.S. border. But the Bush and Obama administrations chose a third: Dealing with immigrants crossing the border with children largely as civil cases rather than criminal.

The administration says its hands are tied by a set of laws and court rulings including a 1997 federal consent decree in what started as a class action lawsuit that requires the federal government to release all undocumented immigrant children, regardless of whether they crossed into the USA with their parents and that requires the government keep immigrant families together for just 20 days.

"We are not going to let this country be overwhelmed", he said in a speech in San Diego.

Trump's policy does not seem to be diminishing his popularity among his supporters, including Jesse Bernal, a 38-year-old youth pastor in Morgan Hill who says the border crisis is being exaggerated by a liberal media. He did not elaborate.

Senate Republicans meanwhile are moving to block Trump's policy.

"Thousands of children are being forcibly removed from their parents by our government".

He said they're looking at moving the families "to the head of the line" in immigration court proceedings, but they'd be held in a "humane, safe and secure family facility".

The Trump administration separated 2,342 children from 2,206 parents along the US-Mexico border between May 5 and June 9.

Trump, who has made a tough stance on immigration a centrepiece of his presidency, has staunchly defended his administration's actions.

The House of Representatives is set to vote, likely on Thursday, on two major pieces of legislation that toughen border security and help some people brought to the United States as children stay in the country.

Trump also expressed disappointment with America's southern neighbor. And now, Republicans are increasingly joining them in their call to stop separating families.


Mr. Trump also once again blamed Democrats for his own policy.

Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray speaks at a press conference in Mexico City, June 19, 2018.

"In the face of this ongoing human tragedy, let me be very clear: NY will not be party to this inhumane treatment of immigrant families", Governor Cuomo said in a statement.

Facts versus government lies Trump continues to pass on FALSE facts when talking about his immigration policy, blaming Democrats and citing a "horrible law" that separates families.

House Republicans, who rarely buck the president, realize this time he may have gone too far.

TRUMP: "Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!"

Leaders in both the House and Senate are struggling to shield the party's politicians from the public outcry over images of children taken from migrant parents and held in cages at the border.

But let's come up to the present time - With Attorney General Jeff Sessions deriding longtime USA immigration practices as "catch and release".

But if it comes to that, Hurd said he was "sure" that a piece of standalone legislation on the issue "would get north of 300 votes".

"We have added family residential centers as an approved use of the $7 billion of border technology funding included in the bill", said a House Republican source familiar with the compromise bill drafting.

Trump spent 45 minutes ranting to House Republicans on everything from taxes to his pending lawsuits Tuesday evening, according to members in the meeting, while offering barely any info about whether he'd support the specifics of a pair of bills that closely follow the President's own policy goals on immigration.

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