Homeland Security chief denies policy separates families at border

19 June, 2018, 04:28 | Author: Kim Reid

"We do not separate breastfeeding children from their parents", the DHS official said.

What's more, journalists and lawmakers made note of previous comments Nielsen has made in defense of the same policy she tweeted doesn't exist.

Nielsen said that the "vast, vast majority" of the 12,000 child border crossers in federal custody were actually sent to the southern border alone with human smugglers. Bernie Sanders to former First Lady Laura Bush to House Speaker Paul Ryan. "If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law".

But the President himself has repeatedly blamed Democrats, citing an unspecified law that he says requires children to be taken from parents who cross the border illegally.

I think she's finally been fully Trumpified. "The Democrats have to change their law".

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions detailed the "zero-tolerance" policy in a speech on May 7, saying immigrants who illegally enter the USA along the Mexican border would be prosecuted criminally.

The letter is the latest but far from the only plea from congressional Republicans for President Trump and his administration to end this policy, which by the Department of Homeland Security's own numbers say have separated 2,000 families in recent weeks. We give them meals, we give them education, we give them medical care.

While Nielsen is technically correct - there's no statute explicitly calling for families to be forcibly separated - it has been the practical and direct effect of this zero-tolerance policy.

Family separation "is an immoral, horrific policy", added Senator Dianne Feinstein, who has introduced legislation to keep immigrant families together.

The Republican-led House of Representatives may vote next week on two immigration measures - a hard-line bill drafted by House Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte, and a compromise measure that limits legal immigration while also ending the family separations.

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Nielsen was speaking Monday at the National Sheriff's Association conference in New Orleans. "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 Thursday.

After a tour of the border facilities, Merkley and Van Hollen described in an interview with CNN "large pens of chainlink fences" holding about 1,500 migrant children and parents separated from their children after fleeing violence in Central America.

The compromise House Republican bill reportedly would provide $25 billion for a border wall, and detail a process giving young undocumented immigrants permanent residency and a pathway to citizenship.

The law dictates that children be removed from adults accused of committing crimes, she said, calling "offensive" reporters' suggestions the children were being used as a deterrent and a pawn. If you make a false immigration claim, we will prosecute you.

Before Trump took office in 2017, he said, the US sent a "bad message" with its practice of not prosecuting undocumented adults who were caught entering the country with children at illegal crossing points.

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"As long as illegal entry remains a criminal offense, DHS will not look the other way", Nielsen said.

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