Almost 2,000 minors were separated from their parents or adult guardians who illegally crossed into the United States over a recent 6-week period, officials said Friday, June 15, as debate raged over how to end the deeply controversial practice. "As I mentioned earlier, this get-out-of-jail-free card for families and groups who pose as families has spread". Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, "If you don't want your child to be separated, then don't bring them across the border illegally".
"But this zero-tolerance policy is cruel".
Democrats went on the counterattack, with top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi calling the Republican proposal "simply unworthy of America".
"I say it's very strongly the Democrats' fault, their obstruction, they're really obstructionist and they're really obstructing", he said. But the Trump administration is being accused of handling the cases in a way no other presidency has. "We operate according to some of the highest standards in the country". And yet, she kicked off the presser citing stats: "Since this time previous year, there has been a 325% increase in unaccompanied alien children and a 435% increase in family units entering the country illegally". "It could take place quickly".
While jumping the border has been a crime for decades, past administrations had generally ignored that part of the law, instead treating illegal immigration as a civil matter and trying to deport people. "We give them medical care", Nielsen said.
Nielsen said Monday that agents are not acting cruelly, but are enforcing the laws passed by Congress. "There is NO LAW that forces separation", Ainsley tweeted. "That can not be the answer".
Nielsen was speaking Monday at the National Sheriff's Association conference in New Orleans. It is historic, with some countries the most risky places in the world.
Through the end of May, nearly 2,000 children were separated from adults who said they were their parents or guardians, the department said last week. Sessions called the system "generous".
I implore congress and the current administration to do all in their power to reunite these families. Trump has repeatedly and falsely claimed that family separation is a Democratic policy required by law, rather than the byproduct of his own administration's strict immigration enforcement policies. "We need Congress to fully fund our ability to hold families together through the immigration process". "If you smuggle illegal aliens across an extraordinarily risky journey, we will prosecute you".
And once again, she told asylum seekers to show up at a legal port of entry. CNN is looking into reports that these individuals are being turned away there, as well.
The top United Nations human rights official on Monday slammed the Trump administration's policy as "unconscionable".
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