'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children at border stokes rage over family separation

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2018

Hillary Clinton, a stern opponent of President Trump, took to social media to criticise the policy, calling it a "humanitarian crisis". "Where is the outcry for the killings and crime being caused by gangs and thugs, including MS-13, coming into our country illegally?"

And as for the criticism from Laura Bush, Sanders said that while "we share the concern" Bush voiced about children, Sanders pointed blame back at the Bush administration, saying, "Frankly, this law was actually signed into effect in 2008 under her husband's leadership".

"We are doing none of those things". Speaking before an event on space Monday, he argued that immigration laws which he blamed for the policy are "horrible and tough".

The family separations are the result of Mr Trump's "zero tolerance" policy that arrests all adults who are caught trying to enter the United States illegally, including those seeking asylum. He said border policies "can be taken care of very quickly" if Democrats "come to the table" to negotiate with the majority Republicans, who themselves are divided over immigration issues.

Trump asserted that children "are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth" as a way to enter the United States.

"If you cross the border illegally", she added, "if you make a false immigration claim, we will prosecute you". Ginger Thompson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and former New York Times bureau chief in Mexico City, who reported the piece, wrote that the audio was provided to her by Jennifer Harbury, a well-known civil rights attorney who has worked on border issues in Texas for decades. "These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, one of the most shameful episodes in USA history". She also invoked the name and memory of her mother-in-law, former first lady Barbara Bush, who died in April.

Prior to the audio clip going viral, Trump said that he would not allow the U.S. to become a "migrant camp", adding that "it will not be a refugee holding facility".

"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", her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN Sunday.

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House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, as well as Democratic Senators Kamala Harris and Tina Smith have called on Nielsen to resign. Trump and Sessions insisted that people exploit the system, even traveling with children to ensure they aren't jailed and slipping away before their court dates.

News reports have documented that some asylum seekers who present themselves at points of entry have been turned away, with USA border guards telling them the ports are "at capacity". Katko is leading the charge for an immigration bill in the House.

On Monday, White House Adviser to the President Kellyanne Conway reiterated that defense during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press with Chuck Todd".

Now facing a new surge of illegal immigration, the Trump administration made a decision to turn to the criminal penalties to punish border-breakers.

President Donald Trump has also called the previous practice of capturing asylum seekers and then releasing them until a later court date a "loophole".

To Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the administration is "using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build our wall".

While the migrant separation debate has overshadowed broader policy discussions over the past week, the White House is likely to use the firestorm to drum up support for the two GOP bills. "Not on my watch", Trump said Monday. "Good for the children, good for the country, good for the world", he said.

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