Almost 2000 minors split from parents at border in 6 weeks

Frederick Owens
June 18, 2018

She says that Mrs. Trump "hates to see children separated from their families" and hopes "both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform".

Almost 4600 mental health professionals and 90 organisations have joined a petition urging US President Donald Trump, Attorney-General Jeff Sessions and several elected officials to stop the policy of separating children from their parents.

You know the Trump administration's policy of separating families at the border, that the president himself blamed on Democrats?

First Lady Melania Trump issued a statement on the separation of children from parents at the U.S. -Mexico border, calling on "both sides of the aisle" to work together on immigration reform in a statement that does not directly address her husband, President Donald Trump.

A Guatemalan woman and her infant daughter seeking asylum sit at a Catholic Charities relief center on Sunday, June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. "It's zero tolerance. I don't think you have to justify it", Bannon, who was also CEO of Trump's presidential campaign, said to ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in an exclusive interview on "This Week" Sunday.

Despite that, presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway has rejected suggestions Mr Trump is using the children as leverage to force his opponents to enter negotiations on immigration and his long-promised border wall.

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security said almost 2,000 children were separated from their families and put into shelters between April 19 and May 31. "There is no law, there is no policy that has allowed him to snatch children away from their families", she said.

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".

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Following a spike in attempted border crossings in April, Miller was reportedly instrumental in persuading Trump to enforce a policy of child separation as a deterrent, according to the report.

Roughly 2,000 children have reportedly been separated from their parents so far, and authorities say the number could soon double. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen declared on Sunday that policy does not exist.

The events came as news stories highlighting the family separations intensified political pressure on the White House, even from some of President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans.

"Trump claims Democrats are to blame for families' being broken up", said one of the Democrats, Representative Bill Pascrell Jr. of New Jersey. The children were fed; they had beds, toys, a playground and people who change their diapers.

The furore over the separation policy seemed to grow even as the president planned to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday in advance of votes on immigration legislation that has divided his party. "He got on his knees and cried and begged them and they took her away".

It is the Trump administration's decision this year to prosecute all unlawful immigrants as criminals that has forced the breakup of families; the children are removed when the parents are taken into federal custody.

In response to the rally, Denham released a statement to The Washington Post expressing optimism that the Republican House bill would end the practice.

"They call it 'zero tolerance, ' but a better name for it is zero humanity, and there's zero logic to this policy", said Senator Jeff Merkley of OR, after leading a group of Democratic lawmakers to the Mexican border.

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