VERIFY: Not all immigrant children are being separated from parents

Jun 19, 2018, 14:57
VERIFY: Not all immigrant children are being separated from parents

"Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso".

Nielsen went on to reiterate her previous warning that the federal government would prosecute people engaging in illegal activity at the border. "The Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security should make the call today".

"If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you", Mr Sessions said. She remained defiant Monday during remarks at the National Sheriffs' Association annual conference.

"We do not have the luxury of pretending that all individuals coming to this country as a family unit are, in fact, a family", she said.

"Illegal actions have and must have consequences", she said. "As I mentioned earlier, this get-out-of-jail-free card for families and groups who pose as families has spread".

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Harris called Nielsen's lack of transparency "disqualifying".

Hillary Clinton, a stern opponent of President Trump, took to social media to criticise the policy, calling it a "humanitarian crisis". Asked if the recordings, along with pictures and more that have emerged in recent days, are an unintended effect of the administration's approach, she said, "I think that they reflect the focus of those who post such pictures and narratives".

Pelosi was joined at the press conference in San Diego by ten other Democrats from California, including Rep. Jim Costa of Fresno, and a handful of other lawmakers. Many are fleeing violence in Central America and are hoping to apply for asylum in the United States. Reporters attempted to ask her questions about the material in the recording - including "How is this not child abuse?" - but she did not respond directly.

Democrats have been leading the charge.

"This was done by the President, not Democrats", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. But no law requires families to necessarily be separated at the border.

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Mr Trump himself said he "hates to see separation of parents and children" but blamed it on Democrats for pursuing a "horrible and cruel legislative agenda".

"These fixes would go a long way toward discouraging families from sending children on the harrowing journey to the USA, resulting in fewer children in the hands of gangs such as MS-13 and more adults facing the consequences of their actions", she said.

But some said it's necessary. He also emphasized most children have come here unaccompanied and said the Department of Health and Human Services takes custody of them at a cost of more than $1 billion a year. "Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!"

Rep. Joe Kennedy, who traveled to the United States-Mexico border in Texas on Sunday and participated in a protest at a facility where families were being forcibly separated, said Nielsen's statement didn't align with what he heard from local officials.

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