Donald Trump says he will not let United States become 'migrant camp'

20 June, 2018, 04:44 | Author: Kenneth Collins
  • Separated migrant families are often held are in cages such as this one in Texas

Their children are then classified as "unaccompanied minors" and are transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement.

This means that the illegal entrants would now be prosecuted in federal court and not in civil court like before. The difference is that during the Obama era, families were placed in detention together and released as early as possible.

Privately, Trump has insisted he is right to push forward with a practice that has drawn outcry from across the political spectrum.

"I don't want children taken away from parents", he told a gathering of small business owners, before adding: "When you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away".

"Those kids inside who have been separated from their parents are already being traumatized", said Democratic Sen.

He says he's requesting a "third option" from Congress that will allow officials to detain children and parents together as a family unit.

Migrant children holding facility in McAllen, Texas.

The Department of Health and Human Services said there are now 11,700 children under its care in 100 shelters across 17 states. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime.

Trump on Tuesday again inaccurately blamed opposition Democrats for the border dispute, even though his administration set the child separation policy.

On Monday, US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the "zero-tolerance" policy, arguing that the government was simply following the law and it would be up to Congress to change it.

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It also requires DHS to issue guidance on parent-child reunification, for which there is now no legal protection.

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 United States border.

As a result, children found making the illegal crossings along with those adults have been separated and sent to detention centers.

She compared it to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, which she called "one of the most shameful episodes in USA history". I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our global boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel.

Rep. Michael Burgess of Pilot Point held a town hall in Denton Monday night, where he faced multiple questions about family separations. "This is nothing short of torture" and has produced images which will "leave an indelible stain on the reputation of the USA", said the group.

President Donald Trump is meeting Republican lawmakers later to discuss a bill that proposes to end the policy.

In a rare mediation, the first lady's spokeswoman said she wanted Republicans and Democrats to work together to achieve a "successful immigration reform".

Since the announcement of President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" approach over immigration began earlier this year, almost 2,000 children were separated from their parents at the border. She said family separation is a "heartbreaking.issue that could be changed in a moment by the president of the United States".

It requires the government to release rather than detain children caught trying to enter the US and exempts them from an immediate return to their home countries. It demonstrates Donald Trump's willingness to wield his power in the most brutal and intrusive ways and to dehumanise the victims, fostering the "us and them" culture in which he thrives.


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