Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Bannon Says Trump Doesn't Have to `Justify' Border Separations

Bannon Says Trump Doesn't Have to `Justify' Border Separations

But other members of the administration who have had a central role in immigration policy embraced the decision to separate families.

But no law requires children and their parents be separated, only the White House policy, and as The New York Times notes, previous administrations frequently offered leniency to families caught crossing the border.

"We needed to see what was happening and tell the country and the world about it", she said.

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon said Sunday that President Donald Trump doesn't have to "justify" his highly criticized policy of separating parents who enter the USA illegally on the southern border with Mexico from their children.

The Department of Homeland Security said last week that almost 2,000 immigrant children had been separated from their parents over a span of six weeks after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the new "zero tolerance" policy.

The practice has prompted sweeping outcry from Democrats and immigration advocates, who argue it is cruel and traumatizing for children.

Melania Trump, 48, issued a rare statement through her spokeswoman on June 17 that expressed her devastation over the current national crisis regarding immigrant children getting taken away from their parents at the American borders and it reflected a lot of compassion due to her own experience as an immigrant.

"He went to a zero-tolerance policy", Bannon said on ABC's "This Week".

Kellyanne Conway told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that "nobody likes" pulling apart families. "If you don't like families' being separated, you can tell DHS stop doing it". The Democrats have to change their law. When parents who come with children are arrested for jumping the border, it means at least a short-term separation while the parent goes to jail for a few days.

Almost 2000 migrant children separated from their families at US-Mexico border
But when it separates families at the border? As a result, families who crossed together illegally would in some cases be separated, he said .

Last month, reportedly furious by record high numbers of illegal border crossings, Trump ordered new efforts to criminally prosecute anyone who crossed the border unlawfully.

Next week, Congress is set to vote on two immigration proposals -- the conservative McCaul-Goodlatte bill, and a more moderate House GOP bill.

Steve Bannon: "It's a crime to come across illegally, and children get separated".

President Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon about the bipartisan need to create solutions: "The Democrats should get together with their Republican counterparts and work something out on Border Security & Safety".

Nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the USA southern border over a six-week period during a crackdown on illegal entries, according to Department of Homeland Security figures obtained on Friday by the Associated Press.

The government says more than 10,000 children are in shelters run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Back then, however, exceptions were generally made for adults who were travelling with minor children, as well as juveniles and people who were ill.

Lucas Butler, 15, middle, and family friend, Beth Bishop, 53, left, raise their fists during a moment of silence while attending a rally against the separation of immigrant families.

Children would be separated from their parents if the families had been apprehended entering the country illegally, John Kelly, then the Homeland Security Secretary, said in March 2017, "in order to deter more movement along this terribly risky network".

The proposed fix won approval from moderate House Republicans locked in hard re-election battles, but not from Republican Senate candidates running competitive races in GOP-leaning states.

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