No need to justify separating kids, parents at border: Bannon

No need to justify separating kids, parents at border: Bannon

No need to justify separating kids, parents at border: Bannon

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended her agency's role at the US border with Mexico on Sunday, saying there was no family separation policy. "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border".

"What the administration has made a decision to do is to separate children from their parents to try to send a message that if you cross the border with children, your children are going to be ripped away from you", she said.

Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of OR said: "Those kids inside who have been separated from their parents are already being traumatised".

The first lady's statement echoed the president's words on Friday saying: "I hate the children being taken away".

Late Sunday, Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who has boldly threatened to quit but not followed through, attempted a different strategy from her superiors: She pretended the policy she (supposedly) dislikes so much doesn't exist at all.

Previous administrations had referred migrants with children to immigration courts. But a backlash is mounting, fuelled by reports of children being taken from mothers and distraught toddlers and elementary school age children asking, through tears, when they can see their parents.

In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent almost 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care.

Among the parents caught up in the new rules is 29-year-old Vilma Aracely Lopez Juc de Coc, who fled her home in a remote Guatemalan village after her husband was beaten to death in February, according to advocates.

People participate in a protest against recent US immigration policy of separating children from their families when they enter the United States as undocumented immigrants, in front of a Homeland Security facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey on June 17, 2018. "From a law enforcement perspective, this zero-tolerance approach makes little sense", said John Cohen, an ABC News consultant and former acting Homeland Security undersecretary.

Her eyes swollen, she cried when she asked a paralegal what she most wanted to know: When could she see her son again? He called the situation "inhumane" and "un-American". Because of the policy, more adults have been jailed and more children have been shipped elsewhere.

The push toward immigration votes in the House is intensifying the divide among Republicans on one of the party's most animating issues and fueling concerns that a voter backlash could cost the GOP control of the House in November. USA protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike on Sunday called for Congress to pass a law ending the Trump administration's practice of separating and detaining families trying to cross the border into the United States, but the two sides remain sharply divided on what that bill should look like. Former President Barack Obama also grappled with the plight of undocumented child immigrants and detained them when they were unaccompanied by caregivers. Almost 2,000 migrant children - 1,995 - were separated from 1,940 adults between April 19 and May 31, after being caught illegally crossing the border, a Department of Homeland Security official told reporters during a conference call Friday.

"Stop lying to the American people". "We have a crisis on the southern border". Apply to enter lawfully.

Nielsen sent five Twitter messages Sunday evening in response to the lawmakers, including one that "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border". These numbers include minors who arrived at the border without a relative and children separated from their parents. USA protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.

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