HHS officials warned against family separations at the border

HHS officials warned against family separations at the border

Trump also tweeted out a similar threat Sunday, which came as a surprise to many after a meeting last week between the president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul D. Ryan appeared to yield a tentative decision to punt a divisive fight over border wall funding until after the November elections.

"I don't care what the political ramifications are, our immigration laws and border security have been a complete and total disaster for decades, and there is no way that the Democrats will allow it to be fixed without a Government Shutdown", Trump said in a tweet Tuesday afternoon.

Several government officials have said that the president is using zero tolerance as a bargaining chip to garner support for the border wall, as well as the tightening of immigration laws - such as catch and release and the visa lottery - despite the fact that Republicans control both houses of Congress. McConnell acknowledged, however, that the border funding issue in particular was unlikely to be resolved before the balloting.

"I think the president's very serious about his wanting more money to fund the wall", Shelby said on Tuesday.

Immigrant advocates and lawyers have said that the policy has been chaotic, and that it was evident there was no plan in place for how to reunify families before the separations began on a large scale.

Top US immigration officials skirted a number of questions during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing as lawmakers grilled them Tuesday over family separations at the US border. They don't contain many provisions Democrats would normally object to since Republicans are generally satisfied with regulatory rollbacks being carried out by the Trump administration. The House adjourned for five weeks on Thursday while the Senate will only take one week off in August.

Congress ultimately passed a spending bill in March that funded the government through September. Trump has asked for $25 billion to build the wall.

"I would certainly be willing to close it down to get it done".

Trump's threat to shut down the government comes as Congress works to pass appropriation bills.

"As far as the wall is concerned, we've gotten some wall funding already underway", Ryan said. They do, however, have the strength to derail legislation in the closely divided Senate.

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A source close to the Trump Organization described Weisselberg to CNN as the number two in command at the Trump Organization. Trump denied knowledge of the meeting in a tweet Friday morning. "You know, I'm going to do that right away".

The two officials and the congressional aide spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss internal deliberations.

The $5 billion is well above the $1.6 billion in the Senate version of the bill, which would finance the Department of Homeland Security.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are sticking with their strategy of completing full-year funding bills for most agencies before the October 1 start of the next fiscal year.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said he was disturbed by reports that parents were deported without their children without understanding paperwork they'd signed.

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"If families and children are going to be kept in federal custody they must be kept in facilities where they will be treated humanely, and with the basic dignity that all people-no matter what their immigration status-deserve", Grassley said.

White drew high praise earlier this month from the federal judge who ordered the Trump administration to reunite all separated children.

"The administration claims that all of these parents elected to be deported without their children".

As part of a lawsuit in federal court in Seattle challenging Trump's immigration policies, more than a dozen states have asked the federal government for lists of children separated from their parents, the location of each child, information on the separated parents and the government's plans to reunite them.

The description was the latest disconnect between officials charged with carrying out a controversial "zero tolerance" policy that has led to the separation of thousands of children from their migrant parents, and outraged lawmakers and members of the public who accuse President Donald Trump of creating a child safety crisis.

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