Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump Again Falsely Blames Democrats for His Separation Policy

Trump Again Falsely Blames Democrats for His Separation Policy

The Trump administration's move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S. -Mexico border has grabbed attention around the world, drawn scorn from human-rights organizations and overtaken the immigration debate in Congress.

Mrs Trump "believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart", her spokeswoman said.

It came the day after his administration said that it had taken almost 2,000 children away from their parents in a six-week period ending last month, as part of a new zero tolerance policy that refers for criminal prosecution all immigrants apprehended crossing the border without authorization.

The president has also repeatedly blamed Democrats opposed to his immigration reform proposal, falsely crediting an anti-trafficking law that passed unanimously in 2008 under President George W. Bush for the separations.

A Guatemalan woman and her infant daughter seeking asylum sit at a Catholic Charities relief center on Sunday, June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas.

Kellyanne Conway tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that "nobody likes" pulling apart families.

A top adviser to Trump said Sunday that the president was not using the family separation as leverage to force Democrats to come to the table on other policy disputes, rebutting an unnamed White House official quoted by The Washington Post.

Republican leaders have invited President Trump to visit Capitol Hill this week to try to fix the damage he did when he said he wouldn't sign the immigration compromise that House Republicans had spent months writing.

About 2,000 children had been separated from their families over a six-week period ending in May, administration officials said Friday.

"Detention center employees have covered the window with paper to block our view", said New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell.

"While the bill contains some positive provisions, including full funding for the border wall and closing loopholes in current law that sustain illegal border surges, it is still a mass amnesty", said RJ Hauman, of the conservative Federation for American Immigration Reform.

Mr Trump's former chief strategist said Republicans would face steep consequences for pushing the compromise bill because it provides a path to citizenship for young "Dreamer" immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

The handout, titled "Next Steps for Families", explains in both English and Spanish the four steps ahead for detained immigrants with children. This is why we need more Republicans elected in November. The children were fed; they had beds, toys, a playground and people who change their nappies. "This is your policy", Democratic U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries said in New Jersey.

"It's zero tolerance. I don't think you have to justify it", Bannon said on family separation.

Under the new policy, DHS says about 2,000 minors were separated from their "alleged adult guardians" between mid-April and the end of May, although Sen. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, would write the Obama-era DACA program into law, giving it more permanence, and would include a massive burst of enforcement measures, mandatory use of E-Verify, more Border Patrol agents and making overstaying a visa a crime.

Miller, who is Jewish, argued in White House meetings that the new policy would deter illegal immigration.

The "zero-tolerance" border security policy implemented by President Donald Trump's administration has sparked outrage on both sides of the political aisle and took on particular resonance as America celebrated Father's Day.

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