Top Homeland Security Republican Demands End To Family Separations

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Todd Schulte, president of the advocacy group FWD.us, added that the DHS website also contains a flyer outlining "the steps a parent in Border Patrol or ICE custody can take to locate their child, once said child has been separated from them". "We will not apologize for the job we do or for the job law enforcement does", she said.

"The children are not being used as a pawn, we are trying to protect the children", she said. Former First Lady Laura Bush, in a Washington Post op-ed, wrote that "this zero-tolerance policy is cruel". However, there is no law mandating the separation of families.

But while Yoder highlights areas of agreement with Trump about other immigration concerns, his language is less mealy-mouthed blaming both sides than other rank-and-file Republicans' (like this from Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R)).

She said the "vast majority" of children being held in the detention facilities were sent to the USA alone by their parents.

"Either own it or change it", Kennedy tweeted Sunday.

On Friday, United States officials said that close to 2,000 children had been separated from adults in six weeks between mid-April and the end of May.

"In the last three months we've seen illegal immigration on our southern border exceed 50,000 people each month, multiples over each month previous year". In fact, I'd give her a 20 percent chance of following Comey's general career arc of leaving the government unceremoniously, becoming a harsh administration critic, then cashing in on some Democratic-pleasing tell-all.

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Bush wrote a guest editorial for The Washington Post in which she compared the DHS actions to the USA policy of incarcerating Japanese American in camps during World War II.

Immigration and detention policies came under fire during the Obama administration, which was hit by lawsuits over conditions at facilities, as well as the practice of holding families in detention centers.

Nielsen is the latest administration official to be called out for misleading statements on the policy.

The White House delayed the briefing three times to allow for Nielsen, who attended the National Sheriffs' Association meeting in New Orleans this morning, to answer questions. "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 objective of order", he said Thursday. At one point, NY magazine's Olivia Nuzzi played audio, published by ProPublica earlier, that recorded border patrol agents mocking weeping child migrants separated by their parents.

Rep. Will Hurd, who visited a temporary "tent city" for migrant children in Tornillo, Texas, said the separation of families "isn't a Republican or a Democrat issue". "They can go to our ports of entry if they want to claim asylum".

Responding to Nielsen's lie on Sunday, the ACLU explained, "You have a policy of criminally prosecuting any asylum seeker who crosses the border between ports of entry".

"This administration has a simple message: If you cross the border illegally, we will prosecute you", she said. "Since this time a year ago, there has been a 325 percent increase in unaccompanied alien children and a 435 percent increase in family units entering the country illegally".

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