Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump defends separating families at US border, ‘politically correct or not’

Trump defends separating families at US border, ‘politically correct or not’

Why are these bills being called on Thursday? It is one of the rare instances where Republican leaders in Congress have been willing to publicly rebuke the president on policy and actively consider legislation to oppose him. That petition drive was nearly successful, falling only two signatures short. It's a gift to Democrats running for the House and Senate, whose fortunes had flagged since the first of the year.

The thing that Trump misses - or just doesn't care about - is that Republicans have been struggling for years to find a consensus on immigration. But no law mandates that parents must be separated from their children at the border. However, Stephen Miller, Trump's senior policy adviser, liked the idea and never gave up on getting it into practice. All those caught faced detention and prosecution, including those who crossed the border with children. "Congress has failed to pass effective legislation that serves the national interest-that closes risky loopholes and fully funds a wall along our southern border", Sessions said at the time. "I'm alarmed by the reports & would support a stand alone to fix this issue now".

"We have to get the Democrats to go ahead and work with us because as a result of Democrat-supported loopholes in our federal laws, most illegal immigrant families and minors from Central America who arrive unlawfully at the border can not be detained together or removed together - only released", he said.

Under the administration's current policy, all unlawful crossings are referred for prosecution - a process that moves adults to the custody of the US Marshals Service and sends many children to facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Others did not go that far. His bill would double the number of immigration judges and require a 14-day turnaround for all cases, enabling families to either qualify for asylum or get prosecuted and deported immediately.

The more conservative bill, moved by judiciary committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, would make it a criminal offence to overstay a visa in the United States; cut legal immigration by 25 per cent; and allow recipients of the now-cancelled Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - which covered some people who were brought to the US illegally as children - to remain in the United States on three-year renewable work visas. "There's no need for anything else", Senator Schumer said.

With some prominent Republicans and conservative media outlets slamming the president's policy of separating migrant families at the border, you might have thought the White House would be looking to quickly defuse the controversy.

Holocaust survivor Yoka Verdoner was one of a growing chorus who have likened family separations to what happened at concentration camps.

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The president has doubled down on his stance, maintaining the policy while falsely spewing blame at congressional Democrats . The two then shouted over each other.

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

US President Donald Trump has fired back after an outpouring of emotion over family separations at the United States border that has seen his government repeatedly compared to the Nazis.

"We are not that kind of country".

Without Trump getting his border wall with a deal he won't likely back down.

Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, announced Monday that he was introducing emergency legislation meant to keep immigrant families together.

Attorneys at the hearings said the immigrants had brought several dozen boys and girls with them to the USA, and the judge replied that he didn't know what would happen to their children.

"We have to keep family members together and prevent unnecessary hardship, stress and outrage", Cornyn said in a statement.

Federal and state laws bar non-citizens from registering to vote or voting in elections other than a few towns and cities which allow it in local races, and multiple nationwide studies have found only a handful of incidents of non-citizens actually casting ballots. "This will ensure DHS has access to funds to house more families".

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