Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Children Separated From Parents At Us Border Sob, Wail Desperately

Much like children left without guardians by arrests by police departments across the US, these children become wards of the government and are either placed with other family members, foster homes, or temporary shelters until their parents are free to care for them again. That means an average of about 65 children per day were separated from their parents under the zero-tolerance initiative that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen unveiled in May.

Centrist Republicans are increasing the pressure already with an ad here shared exclusively with Reuters, that will be released online by the centrist group New Way on Wednesday.

And when they go through those ports of entry - there's 26 of those along the 2,000-mile border - that's an area where you won't have your - be separated from the family. That bill has not been finalized but leaders hope to vote on it later this week, along with another more conservative option. "I don't want them to deport him". "Where is the outcry for permanent separation when one of these people come to the country, commit a crime, kill an American citizen with their own hand or via the drugs they distribute, no one comes to their defense?" And he wants to conflate this with the kids. They say Trump told them: "We need to figure this out". "We have one chance to get it right". "He ought to stick with what the president wants", said Jim DeMartini, chairman of the Stanislaus County Republican Party.

"The President spoke to the House Republican conference on a range of issues".

With influential Republicans including senators John McCain and John Cornyn demanding an end to the separations, the House of Representatives is expected to consider two immigration bills.

A senior administration official told Axios why Trump wasn't budging on the issue.

In another tweet on Tuesday, Trump accused Democrats of letting illegal immigrants, including gang members, "pour into and infest" the United States to court their votes.

His answer: "I can't predict everything that will be discussed in advance". "This will ensure DHS has access to funds to house more families".

ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER: While Trump and Sessions definitely put this policy to work, the chief architect of the plan is White House hardliner Stephen Miller who is a virulent white nationalist and keeps a low profile while whispering his racist views in the president's ear. Many lawmakers say Trump could simply reverse the administration's "zero tolerance" policy and keep families together. "You can fix it yourself".

McConnell didn't provide any specifics of any potential bill.

Republicans turn on Trump's 'cruel' border policy
A US Border Patrol agent can be heard mocking the youngsters, saying: "Well, we have an orchestra here". Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she had not heard the audio .

Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), a leading pro-immigration Republican, told TPM that House members were "still massaging" the legislative language to end family separation.

Speaking to small business owners on Tuesday, Trump signaled he was not open to a half-measure that protects families without delivering to Trump the rest of his immigration wish list.

Governors across the U.S. are now queuing up to say that they will not support the separations, with New York, Colorado and MA saying they will not provide troops to help secure the border - and Maryland recalling its soldiers. "We have a chance".

Obama officials have repeatedly denied separating parents from their children.

Mark Harris, a conservative pastor who is trying to win a seat in a district outside Charlotte, North Carolina, said in a statement when his campaign was contacted by Reuters that he has "a growing concern with what is happening" and urged Congress to act. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Forest Hills)Doyle is opposed to the family-separating policy and called it "abhorrent" in a statement, adding that families with children should be treated better.

Yet Trump, the man who does have power in the Oval Office, has insisted that his hands are tied and that he is merely enforcing the law.

The letter takes direct aim at Trump's argument that Congress is to blame for the separations.

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

"We don't have to prosecute them, but then we are not prosecuting them for coming in illegally".

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