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

Clay Curtis
June 17, 2018

In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the US would prosecute anyone found trying to cross the border illegally, meaning that parents crossing with children would be detained and their children placed in USA custody.

Trump caused controversy among some Democrats in May when he described MS-13 gang members as "animals".

What happens to the children?

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"I hate it. I hate to see separation of parents and children".

There is no information about the age of the children.

Last week, U.S. Sen.

"We have some of the highest detention standards in the world for children", the spokesperson said.

As many as 1,995 children have been pulled from their parents' arms this year when they arrived at the U.S.'s southern border seeking help, according to NPR. "Basically the administration has, in deciding to separate children from their parents, [tried] to weaponize children, using them as a leverage against the parents applying for their asylum applications".

Several Democratic lawmakers, including Senators Jeff Merkley of OR and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, are traveling to the Rio Grande Valley area in Texas on Sunday to meet with us border authorities and tour a former Walmart Inc. store that's been converted into a detention center for almost 1,500 immigrant boys.

Since Trump's inauguration, the administration has issued at least half a dozen orders and changes affecting immigrant children, many of them obscure revisions.

The DHS official also rejected as "not true" various reports of wrongdoing, including the turning away of some asylum-seekers.

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On Thursday, Sessions cited the Bible in defending the policy, arguing the recent criticisms were not "fair or logical and some are contrary to law".

"We make decisions based on the ability to detain and the ability of courts to take these cases, but we no longer exempt categories or classes of individuals", a Department of Homeland Security official said. The process can take several weeks.

But Trump suggested Friday in an interview on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" he would not reverse his administration's policy unless Democrats agreed to his longstanding immigration priorities.

Civil liberties activists say the allegation is false and the Trump administration is using it as an excuse to enforce provisions that if done in any other country would have raised a stink about human rights abuses.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and archbishop of Galveston-Houston in Texas, said in a statement, "Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral".

United States immigration law does not require families to be split up at the border.

"I'm looking at both of them", Donald Trump told Fox News.

"I certainly wouldn't sign the more moderate one".

President Donald Trump said Friday that he "hates" migrant parents being separated from their children at the U.S. -Mexico border and insisted that the "Democratic law" that requires the separation can only be changed by Democratic lawmakers, despite the Republican majorities in Congress.

Trump has sought to blame Democrats for the controversy, saying in a tweet Saturday that Democrats should work with Republicans to fix "their forced family breakup" at the border.

Democrats went on the counterattack, with top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi calling the Republican proposal "simply unworthy of America".

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