Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

McConnell: Dems Must Work With GOP to End Separation Crisis

McConnell: Dems Must Work With GOP to End Separation Crisis

As his own supporters turn on him, the President stands firm, convinced he won the election on a promise of an immigration crackdown, and that is what Americans want.

There is no USA law requiring that the children of immigrants entering the country illegally be separated from their parents.

"Unacceptable additions have bogged down every piece of legislation we've done", he said. "Take that God damn pen of yours and do away with this horrendous, inhumane policy of yours that rips children from the arms of their parents".

Almost 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.

A chorus of critics - rights groups, Christian evangelicals, former US first ladies and some within the president's own Republican party - are demanding an immediate end to the family separations.

"I don't want judges", Trump said at an event hosted by the National Federation of Independent Business.

But a defiant Trump sounded unfazed by the mounting pressure to alleviate the situation before it ruptures into a public relations disaster for his party.

A guard could be heard joking: "We have an orchestra here". "What's missing is a conductor".

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, teared up as he pleaded with Republicans on the panel to end what he called "internment camps".

"Nobody knows how much we are paying for this monstrosity that's been created over the years", he said.

"I think there's a real interest in trying to find some common ground and whatever we do, we want to be able to do it on a bipartisan basis so it could move fairly quickly", Rounds said. "It's political insanity. It will kill us".

Republican Senator John McCain condemned the practice in a statement on Monday, saying.

The attorneys general of 21 states called on Sessions in a letter on Tuesday to stop endangering children by separating them from their families. The administration has the power to rescind this policy. "It should do so now".

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"The time is now for the White House to end the cruel, tragic separations of families", said Senator Lisa Murkowski, from Alaska.

"Put simply, the deliberate separation of children and their parents who seek lawful asylum in America is wrong". "Mexico does nothing for us", charged Trump. I think the answer to family separation is: "Don't separate families while you're enforcing the law", Cornyn told reporters. "It needs to be stopped immediately".

Trump, who has made a tough stance on immigration a centerpiece of his presidency, has steadfastly defended his administration's actions.

But similar images of children sleeping on the ground exist now.

The kids pictured in metal cages were unaccompanied minors waiting for housing.

He has cast blame for the separations on Democrats, although his fellow Republicans control both chambers in Congress and the current policy of strict adherence to the law was implemented by his own Republican administration.

Even some of the president's biggest Republican supporters said they disagree with his policy.

The president said he is also going to seek authorization to not give USA aid to countries which "abuse us by sending their people up".

"We must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally", he added. They have very, very strong laws. "I want border security". And not by a little bit.

Two-thirds of Americans oppose the family separations.

"Who are these people?" asked Trump. Vargas, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other USA lawmakers hoped to meet with men, women and children detained at the global boundary. Despite these results and the media outcry, President Trump is enjoying higher approval ratings than ever before.

So immigration may not be the winning ticket Trump believes.

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