Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

U.S. president's administration owns its cruel policy of separating families

U.S. president's administration owns its cruel policy of separating families

And the president signalled the drama could drag on. "The Democrats forced that law upon our nation".

A controversial clampdown on immigration has caused almost 2,000 children to be separated from their families at the United States border over a six-week period.

Amid an outcry over the detentions, the DHS official insisted the minors were held in decent conditions.

Since then, stories of weeping children torn from the arms of their frightened parents have flooded the media and the policy has been widely criticized by church groups, politicians and children's advocates who say it is inhumane.

House Republicans introduced legislation Friday that lined up with Trump's demands on immigration policy and sought to end the policy of separating children from their parents. The separations were not broken down by age, and they included separations for illegal entry, immigration violations or possible criminal conduct by the adult.

The small shelter along the Texas border to Mexico held 60 beds and a little playground where children could play.

"And this administration has made it clear that we are not going to ignore the law any longer".

Meanwhile, congressional Republicans have struggled to craft a viable immigration plan. "Tell the Democrats, your friends, to call me".

Sanders: Hey, Brian, I know you want to get more TV time, but that's not what this is about.

Trump's opposition would deal a body blow to efforts to tamp down the border crisis, which has raised alarm among evangelical leaders who backed Trump's campaign.

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Trump has claimed he hates the idea of separating children from the parents who try to enter the country, but the administration has acknowledged that crackdown on the families could serve as a deterrent.

The White House told lawmakers Friday that Trump would sign the bill if it passes.

"The president fully supports both the Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill", according to White House spokesman Raj Shah. "This is why we need more Republicans elected in November".

The Trump administration is also arguing that its zero-tolerance policy is a byproduct of a dysfunctional immigration system created by Democrats.

"The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the border with their frightful and cruel legislative agenda", Trump said in a tweet.

"On the legislative side, they are not trying to talk to any Democrats", said Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

The Trump administration is facing mounting criticism over its decision to systematically bring criminal charges against undocumented immigrants detained at the border, which forces them into federal prisons where children can not stay.

Trump stressed he opposes the separations. They also said the children were being well cared for and disputed reports of disorder and mistreatment at the border. I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law.

Last week, authorities said one man who was separated from his children committed suicide.

Sharing information with DHS, which oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, will likely mean parents and family members in the USA illegally will not come forward for their children, fearing they'll be arrested - leading to longer stays for the children in the ORR shelters.

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