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DHS Secy: Trump Administration Did Not Create Policy That Separates Families

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| 20 June, 2018, 01:26

"Brzezinski honed in on the Secretary of Homeland Security though, saying she was "extremely confused" and "[failed] miserably" when she tried answering questions yesterday at the White House press briefing.

In recent days, as national outcry over the family separation policy has reached a fever pitch, top Trump officials - including the president himself - have tried to pin the blame for the immigration crisis on Democrats.

Harris, a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee member who has frequently criticized the Trump administration for its "inhumane" treatment of immigrants, slammed Nielsen for not being forthcoming with data about how many children are separated from their families at the border.

Cruz said his bill would build temporary shelters where immigrant families could stay together in cases where there was no threat to the children's safety, double the number of federal immigration judges and speed handling of asylum applications. Nielsen said the administration would continue to send the children to temporary detention centers in warehouses and big box stores until Congress rewrites the nation's immigration laws.

Yet there is no law requiring children to be taken from parents apprehended after unlawfully crossing the border.


United States officials said on Friday that almost 2,000 children were separated from adults at the border between mid-April and the end of May.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in May: "I have put in place a zero-tolerance policy for illegal entry on our southwest border. I mean, have you been to a Chuck E Cheese?" he added. They award contracts to licensed child-care providers to house them.

Blitzer asked Short why, considering the opposition of some prominent Republicans to family separations, the Trump administration won't end the practice. "She said this is not being used as a pawn for legislation, yet that's exactly what the President said it was, that this was legislative leverage". If they have children accompanying them, the young people are placed in the custody of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, because children can not be held in adult facilities. He also tweeted in all caps, "CHANGE THE LAWS!" "We will have a system where those who need to apply for asylum can do so and those who want to come to this country will apply legally", he said. If you make a false immigration claim, we will prosecute you. The current policy stems from the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" toward people crossing the border illegally. That move, which is discretionary, brings into play regulations that prevent parents facing criminal prosecution from being imprisoned with their children.

In a related development Monday, the conservative nonprofit government watchdog Judicial Watch announced it has filed a Freedom of Information Act suit in federal court seeking to force the Department of State to release documents regarding the resettlement in the US of refugees from war-torn Syria. Kamala Harris earlier Monday demanding Nielsen step down.

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