Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Trump suggests separation of families at border is a negotiating tool

Trump suggests separation of families at border is a negotiating tool

A new Trump administration policy, which went into effect in May, sought to maximize criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the USA illegally.

"The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility", Trump said in remarks delivered at the White House.

He tweeted: "We don't want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!" "Not on my watch".

According to the US Department of Homeland Security, 1,995 children were separated from 1,940 adults who were apprehended at the US-Mexico border between April 19 and May 31.

Trump administration officials say the zero-tolerance policy, which was not practiced by the two previous administrations, is necessary to secure the border and deter illegal immigration, but they are facing a growing chorus of criticism from their Republican allies.

Trump continued to cast blame on Democrats Monday, tweeting: "Why don't the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world's worst immigration laws?" The separation policy follows Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement on April 6 of a "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that includes criminally prosecuting illegal border-crossers, thus separating them from children who under USA law can not be held in criminal detention centers.

Democrats and some in Trump's own Republican Party have blasted the administration for separating almost 2,000 children from their parents at the border between mid-April and the end of May.

"Well, we have an orchestra here", the agent says.

A "zero tolerance" policy from Attorney General Jeff Sessions mandates that anyone illegally crossing the border be treated like a criminal. Children are not detained with their parents when those parents are facing a criminal charge, as per US protocol.

"This was done by the president, not Democrats. So if they don't like that law, they should change it", Conway explains.

Five dead following Border Patrol auto chase in Texas
Twelve immigrants were ejected and four died at the scene when the auto crashed and rolled over, according to Boyd. Thee were 14 people in the vehicle, including the driver and a passenger who were both USA citizens.

Following Bush's remarks, First Lady Melania Trump also shared her thoughts on the issue in a statement issued on Sunday.

Trump has repeatedly, incorrectly blamed Democrats in Congress for the policy.

When parents are taken into federal custody, their children are removed.

In this same vein, 67 percent of those polled believe illegal immigrants now residing in the country should be allowed to stay and eventually apply for citizenship while 19 percent say they should be forced to leave.

Bringing this full circle, Trump said he wants a merit based immigration system "so that Boeing, and Lockheed, and Grumman - all of the people here today, can hire people based on merit".

A young girl looks at a cup of soup handed to her by volunteers in a migration center in the border town of McAllen, Texas. "If we build the wall, if we pass legislation to end the lawlessness, we won't face these awful choices".

Trump also claimed that criminals are using children to enter the country. But she believes the zero-tolerance policy is cruel and immoral.

"I live in a border state", Bush said.

"What the administration has chose to do is to separate children from their parents to try to send a message that if you cross the border with children, your children are going to be ripped away from you", Senator Susan Collins told CBS television's "Face the Nation" news program.

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