Defending Separations, DHS Sec. Says Parents Aren't Exempt From Prosecution

Defending Separations, DHS Sec. Says Parents Aren't Exempt From Prosecution

But Democrats and some Republicans have criticized the administration for dividing almost 2,000 children from their parents between mid-April and the end of May.

The family separations have prompted bipartisan outrage. "It breaks my heart".

The DHS secretary doubled down on her statement on Twitter later in the day, claiming that "we are a nation of laws" and calling on "Congress to change the laws".

As the outcry over the response from the Trump Administration defending the policy has reached full throat, a completely unrelated background briefing at the U.S. State Department from Monday is circulating.

One: The photographs and videos from the Brownsville facility were distributed by President Trump's own administration, whose "focus" is, presumably, not on casting itself in a bad light.

Nielsen spoke Monday at the National Sheriff's Association conference in New Orleans.

Blitzer asked Short why, considering the opposition of some prominent Republicans to family separations, the Trump administration won't end the practice.

A "zero tolerance" policy from Attorney General Jeff Sessions mandates all border-crossers be treated as criminals. "So they're essentially forcing people to cross the border illegally or leave them stranded (on the) very unsafe Mexican side of the border". "We do not want adults to bring children into this country unlawfully, placing them at risk", he said. "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border".

Nielsen's in fine form here, though, hitting all the major points on the policy's behalf.

"Illegal actions have and must have consequences".

"To me, Steve Miller is like Iago, whispering in the president's ear", she said.

How many families have been separated?

Harris, who is a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, called Nielsen out for failing to be transparent about how many kids are being split up from their parents.

What happens to the children?

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"Think of all the aid that we give some of these countries", he said.

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Getty ImagesMexicans walk along the U.S. -Mexico border fence on May 1, 2016 in Tijuana, Mexico.

Children whose parents are referred for prosecution will be placed with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). "We provide food, medical, education, and all needs that the child requests". This cruel and unnecessary practice is being inflicted not only on families crossing irregularly, but also on those seeking protection at ports of entry.

The DHS also blamed the media and opposing congressmen for "mislead [ing] the public" in their reports of the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy. He said that fake claims of fear are a major problem within the asylum system and that immigration lawyers have been helping immigrants game the system.

As reporters in the room pointed out, though, this answer makes no sense.

In 2014, President Barack Obama faced a dramatic influx of immigration from Central America.

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.

Merkley added: "It's a big coordinated strategy to result in tearing, well, children away from their parents to send a political message, or to create legislative leverage".

"We detained them together".

"Somehow we've conflated everything, but there's two separate issues: 10,000 of those now in custody were sent by their parents, with strangers, to undertake a completely unsafe and deadly travel across the desert alone", Nielsen said in response.

But they did not prosecute those migrants criminally.

The administration contends it is bound by law, a 2016 court consent decree known as the Flores settlement, which requires that unaccompanied children be held by the government for only 20 days.

So some families were released in the USA before their immigration cases were heard.

"Excuse me it's a POLICY and you are showing your cowardice".

Trump's comments come two days after DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen posted a multi-tweet thread criticizing the media for supposedly "misreporting" the facts surrounding the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy, which aims to crack down on immigrants entering the country through the US southern border.

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