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

How to Challenge Trump's Family Separation, Anti-Immigration Policies

How to Challenge Trump's Family Separation, Anti-Immigration Policies

"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle achieve successful immigration reform", Stephanie Grisham, Trump's spokeswoman, said in a statement to reporters. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart".

These are just some of the stories of families who have been separated, a number of them as a result of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' May announcement that the Trump administration was enforcing a "zero tolerance" policy toward people entering the USA without authorization. "We ran on a policy - very simply - stop mass illegal immigration and limit legal immigration, get our sovereignty back to help our workers, and so he went to a zero tolerance policy", Bannon said.

The Trump administration's decision to separate children from their families as a way to curb illegal immigration is adding fuel to an already fiery debate over immigration.

Immigrant and children's advocates said the new measures are not only cruel, but costly.

This post has been updated. Sessions, too, is wielding his own religious argument, having used a Bible passage to defend his zero-tolerance policy.

O'Rourke said Sunday that Congress would not pass an immigration bill "at the cost of ending family migration, which is the history of this country".

"We are unable to keep families in a detention setting together for an extended period", the DHS official said, noting that nowhere else in the United States are law enforcement agencies expected to detain children with their parents. The controversial practice of separating families at the border has earned the administration of Donald Trump a firestorm of rebukes. Susan Collins (Maine), questioning whether the number of children separated from parents "may well be higher" than reported.

United States (US) officials have confirmed that in the last six weeks almost 2,000 migrant children were separated from their families at the US-Mexico border.

The Trump administration's move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S. -Mexico border has drawn denunciation from the United Nations, Roman Catholic bishops and countless humanitarian groups.

The debate over the "zero tolerance" policyhas escalated since it emerged that 1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults in just six weeks as they tried to enter the U.S. between official border crossings.

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"While not all of the children we are ripping from their parents will suffer the full consequences of toxic stress, many may", child psychologist Megan Gunnar of the University of Minnesota told BuzzFeed News.

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

When the family separation policy was announced last month, White House chief of staff John Kelly told NPR, "They're not bad people".

But the first child who caught the prominent pediatrician's attention was anything but happy.

During a Sunday Twitter storm, President Donald Trump said that Democrats and Republicans should work together on an immigration law that would fix the horrific stories flooding the airwaves.

Discussions began nearly immediately after Trump took office about vastly expanding Operation Streamline, with nearly none of those limitations.

"After banging on the door and making it clear that we WILL NOT MOVE until we're allowed in, ICE is finally granting us access to see individuals who have been separated from their families", tweeted Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who represents New York's 12th District. 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.

But he said he wouldn't support an immigration bill unless it also blocked employers from hiring immigrants who are in the US illegally, eliminated "sanctuary cities" and ended family-based migration.

Compare that to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with his twisted assertion that the administration's "zero tolerance" policy is somehow biblically mandated. More than the legal outcome of their cases, their advocates say, they're anxious about their children.

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