Massachusetts Democrats seek end to Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy

20 June, 2018, 06:45 | Author: Kim Reid
  • A young girl being served a cup of soup by volunteers in a migration center in the border town of McAllen Texas

But the president has also suggested using family separation as a negotiating tool, refusing to reverse the policy unless Democrats agree to his other immigration reform priorities, like funding his "big, attractive wall" at the southern border.

Trump said, "We've got to stop separation of the families, " but also said: "We can't let people pour in". "Wait until the ads start running showing that Republican congressman X supported the tearing of families apart and that's when we'll find out just how strong Republican resolve is on this issue". He said Democrats should come to the table to come to an agreement on immigration legislation.

While top officials have also stood by Trump's "zero tolerance" approach, insisting children are being held in humane conditions, criticism has swelled from global rights groups, Christian evangelicals, former U.S. first ladies and the president's own Republican Party.

"He says I am behind you 1,000 percent and I am not going to leave you out to dry", said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, chair of the House Republican Conference. It is not clear that either piece of legislation has enough votes to win passage. "I don't want to try people". He also said there are some on the liberal side of the party who wanted a more generous legalization for Dreamers. ProPublica said the audio features 6-year-old Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid who was separated from her mother last week at a border facility, as well as other children, border patrol agents and consular workers. "I don't want people coming in".

But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY signaled that no such support would be coming, saying it's already in Trump's power to keep the families together.

The bill would grant full legal status and a path to citizenship to people who qualify for the Obama-era DACA program.

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Yes, it is true that child separation policies have been around long since Trump took office, but it is the Trump administration that has justified separating families at the border. The second, more conservative bill, is much more onerous for immigrants who want to stay legally in the U.S.

Lawmakers who have visited minors in detention in Texas and California describe crying children held in cage-like conditions behind chain-link fencing, with no idea when they will see their parents again.

In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the USA would prosecute everyone caught crossing illegally, a policy change which requires that children be separated from parents being held while they await trial.

Senior politicians suggested increasing the number of judges to speed up immigration hearings, but Mr Trump insisted it was security, not judges, that America needed.

"It was great", he said.

The "Keep Families Together Act" would prevent DHS from separating children from their parents unless parental rights have been terminated, a child welfare agency has issued a best interest determination or officials have approved separation due to trafficking indicators or other concerns of risk to the child, according to lawmakers.

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One child, in Spanish, can be heard shouting, "Papa! That's on nobody else but Congress", he said.

As his own supporters turn on him, the President stands firm, convinced he won the election on a promise of an immigration crackdown, and that is what Americans want.

To prosecute illegal migrants in the U.S.

He labeled the bill the "Ryan amnesty" and said it also repeats the same mistakes of the failed 2013 "Gang of 8" immigration bill.

The picture is being widely circulated on social media speaking against the USA government's move to separate children of adults illegally entering the United States.

Extremist Republicans, like AL Rep. Mo "I'll do anything short of shooting them" Brooks, love the tough, cruel talk of zero tolerance.

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