DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Immigrant Children

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Immigrant Children

Nielsen says DHS can not detain children and parents together, so the only choice is to let families go free or detain them separately.

"If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you", Sessions said at the time. "We have to do our job; we will not apologize for doing our job".

"President Trump has said this lawlessness can not continue", he said. Former First Lady Laura Bush, in a Washington Post op-ed, wrote that "this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart".

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.

Trump's administration, therefore, has crafted a policy that leads to families being separated at the border by defining all adult border crossers as criminals.

The administration and some Republican lawmakers have pointed to a 1997 court settlement regarding the treatment of immigrant children in federal custody as legal justification of Sessions' new policy. Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" policy, in which every person crossing the border illegally would be criminally prosecuted, having the effect of children being separated from their parents. "It's not our fault that somebody does that".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held a briefing today amidst growing outrage over the Trump administration policy that separates child migrants from their parents at the southern border.

The policy has come under intense criticism from across the ideological spectrum, from Sen.

Religious leaders are speaking out against the policy, with Archbishop of Miami Thomas Wenski saying the practice effectively "weaponizes" children, on NPR's Weekend Edition.

Congress creates the law, and the White House enforces it, she reminded reporters. We operate according to some of the highest standards in the country. "I visited the detention centers myself".

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.

"I'm looking at both of them", Trump told Fox News. "But President Trump is leaning into that pretty hard".

Earlier Monday he tweeted: "It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder Security and Crime. Don't wait until after the election because you are going to lose!"

Amid the public outcry, the Trump administration has attempted to blame Democrats for what's occurring, despite no substantial evidence to support this claim, and even went as far to deny the policy of separating migrant children from their parents exists.

A group of Republicans in Congress asked President Trump to scale back to the practice. "And 100 of those kids were under the age of 4".

"We can secure our borders without taking actions that are morally wrong and shameful", Kasich said.

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