About 2,000 children separated from families at US border: DHS

About 2,000 children separated from families at US border: DHS

The Department of Homeland Security confirmed new numbers that estimate that over 2,000 children have been separated from their parents or caretakers at the U.S. -Mexico border.

While facing mounting anger over the separation of migrant children from their parents at the USA border, Trump threw prospects of a swift fix into doubt Friday, saying he would not sign compromise immigration legislation ending the policy.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the "zero-tolerance" policy in April, saying if people don't want to be separated from their children, they shouldn't cross the border illegally. Part of the recent outrage over government officials separating families of immigrants when they cross into the US, a practice that had already been garnering enormous criticism, stems from Sessions' use of the Bible to justify such inhumane actions. In the past, families in this situation have typically been subject to civil deportation proceedings instead of criminal prosecution. Greenberg, now with the Migration Policy Institute, says there is a careful process to determine how to place unaccompanied children, most of whom come from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

On Friday, The Trump administration released new numbers on how many families have been separated at the southwest border after parents are prosecuted for coming into the USA illegally. Some reports have said parents are told their children is being taken to a separate facility for a bath. "We must do everything in our power to uphold America's values and the rights of children not to be forcibly separated from their parents".

Taking a page from China's propaganda book, the episode ends with a musical parody of the Belt and Road children's song ("Kommunist Kars 4 Kids") that includes lyrics like "He'd rather shield from you/The shitty things they do" and a rap break about human rights violations.

On Thursday, Sessions cited the Bible in defending his policy, arguing the recent criticisms were not "fair or logical and some are contrary to law". He said without enforcing the laws, "we encourage hundreds of thousands of people a year to likewise ignore our laws and illegally enter our country".

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No information was given on the age of the separated children.

"He cites the Bible like a guy challenging someone else's word in Scrabble", Meyers said of Sessions.

O'Rourke said the march was an effort to drum up enough "outrage" and "public pressure" to change the policy, which Trump suggested is a negotiating tool and has falsely asserted is the fault of Democrats.

"I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the goal of order", he said.

Former First Lady Laura Bush, the wife of former Republican President George W Bush, wrote an editorial in the Washington Post newspaper, in which she said the policy of zero tolerance "breaks her heart". He published a press statement celebrating the fact that Trump's appointments for his administration were drawn from "long time sponsors of the Members Bible Studies".

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