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

USA 'will not be a migrant camp': Donald Trump

USA 'will not be a migrant camp': Donald Trump

Inasmuch the law that enables authorities to separate families crossing illegally into the U.S. has been in the books through Democratic and Republican administrations, it is President Trump's (and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions') "zero-tolerance policy" that has resulted in hundreds of children, some of them toddlers, being separated from their parents in heart-rending scenes that had outraged much of America and the world.

The bill would add more federal immigration judges, authorise new temporary shelters to house migrant families, speed the processing of asylum cases and require that families that cross the border illegally to be kept together, if there is no criminal conduct or threats to the welfare of children.

Two polls released Monday from CNN and Quinnipiac University backed that up, showing that two-thirds of Americans disagreed with the family separation policy.

The Department of Homeland Security reports that almost 2,000 children were sent to mass detention centers between April 19 and May 31. Dianne Feinstein which would overturn the family separation policy. U.S. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political-asylum status. Republicans are increasingly joining Democrats in that call. "It's time for this ugly and inhumane practice to end". It's a crime to come across illegally and children get separated. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said in a statement.

Border crossings briefly dropped after Trump took office in January 2017, but have since risen to levels seen during the administration of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

At a White House briefing Monday, Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen declared, "Congress alone can fix it". More adults were being jailed as a result, which led to their children being separated from them.

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Amid the intense cries, a Border Patrol agent is heard mocking the children.

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 US with their parents and that requires the government keep immigrant families together for just 20 days.

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., another Freedom Caucus member, said he expects the GOP compromise bill to be defeated if it reaches the floor. "Let's solve it", Nielsen said.

Faced with the prospect of gridlock in the House, senators appear willing to take matters into their own hands.

Roughly 2,000 minors have been separated from their families over a six-week period ending in May, administration officials said last week.

"I don't think the answer to family separation is to not enforce the law". In the upper chamber, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told reporters Tuesday that staffers are working on a proposal that would "keep it narrow so it doesn't get bogged down in a bunch of other issues". "It's all within our power, and people have to overcome their desire to preserve an issue to campaign on". She said gangs were everywhere in El Salvador: "They're on the buses". He said he did not know how much the proposal would cost. Democrats brushed aside that pressure. It is a rare moment of bipartisan unity from the women who make up the small sorority of presidential spouses.

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