How to Challenge Trump's Family Separation, Anti-Immigration Policies

Alfred Osborne
June 18, 2018

Trump has blamed the situation on Democrats and falsely claimed there is a federal law forcing parents and children to be separated when they cross the border.

"The children can be taken care of quickly, beautifully and immediately", Trump said.

Whereas angered protesters rallied at airports after Trump's first iteration of the Muslim-majority country travel ban, and internet users submitted public comments to the FCC supporting net neutrality, impeding the separation of families and holding the door open for vulnerable asylum-seeking immigrants feels far less actionable. 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.

Trump plans to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss pending immigration legislation amid an election-season debate over an issue that helped vault the NY real estate mogul into the Oval Office in 2016. "You need 60 votes".

The US attorney general defended the Trump administration's immigration policies during a speech in IN on Thursday, saying it was not about "being mean" to children.

Collins said "we need to fix our immigration law" but that "using children is not the answer".

In a tweet on Saturday he urged Democrats to work with Republicans to create new laws.

"He went to a zero-tolerance policy", Bannon said on ABC's "This Week".

"The agencies were surfacing every possible idea", Cecilia Munoz, Obama's top domestic policy adviser, recalled, including whether to separate parents from their children.

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A child at the immigrant detention facility for minors in Brownsville, Texas, known as Casa Padre. Asylum-seekers who go to official crossings are not separated from families, except in specific circumstances.

"Look, I hope that we don't have to separate any more children from any more adults", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last week. So what can you do to pressure the Trump administration to reverse these immigration policies?

US Border Patrol agents speak to suspected immigrants near the US-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas.

The officials on the call said the stricter standards would also apply to the initial screening process to determine whether immigrants crossing the border have a "credible fear" of returning to their home countries. Collins said during a Sunday appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation" that the Trump administration's policy of pursuing criminal charges against immigrants and separating children from families along the southern border is "inconsistent with American values" and "traumatizing" to the children.

Included in the moderate House GOP bill is a measure that would stop family separations at the border.

"I hate children being taken away".

Trump, who has made helping children the crux of her official "Be Best" platform as first lady, had yet to discuss the state of families and immigration, a topic that has been prominent in headlines for days. "So if they don't like that law, they should change it", Conway explains.

Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to the president, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that "nobody likes" breaking up families and "seeing babies ripped from their mothers' arms". Rev. Franklin Graham, who's typically a Trump ally, told Christian Broadcasting Network that it's "disgraceful, it's awful, to see families ripped apart, and I don't support that one bit". "I don't think that's fair, and I don't think it's right".

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