2,000 Families Separated After Being Caught Crossing Border Illegally

Sergio Conner
June 19, 2018

"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can come together to achieve successful immigration reform".

"We want safety and we want security for our country", Trump said Monday, playing defense.

President Trump has consistently blamed Democrats for the situation, saying their support for passage of a broader immigration bill would end the separations.

About 2,000 children have been separated from their parents or adult guardians over six weeks, according to USA authorities.

She continued on by comparing the separated children's "shelter" to World War II Japanese internment camps. Yet a Department of Homeland Security official confirmed this month that border officials separated 1,995 children from 1,940 adults from April 19 to May 31.

Gidley also disputed an assertion made by Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz that President Trump can stop the families from being separated.

The Trump administration on Monday defended its hardline immigration policy at the U.S. -Mexico border as criticism mounted over detained immigrant parents being separated from their children, including video of youngsters sitting in concrete-floored cages.

On Sunday night, former first lady Laura Bush published a rare op-ed in the Washington Post. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", Bush wrote. Advocacy groups have said the problem arises from a politically-loaded zero-tolerance policy that is being enforced by the present administration.

Bill Clinton also weighed in to accuse the Trump administration of using the migrant children as leverage in negotiations with Democrats over immigration.

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

During his interview Monday with "Fox & Friends", Gidley also argued that a comprehensive immigration bill could have passed a year ago if Democrats had been more willing to compromise with Trump.

"I hate the children being taken away", Trump said Friday morning.

But the law was rarely enforced under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

"This new policy of the Trump administration.is undermining the founding values of this country", said Representative David Cicilline. Several Democratic lawmakers spent Sunday, which is Father's Day in the United States, visiting detention facilities.

But it's become tougher to deport people as they've learned to exploit parts of USA law that are more lenient on children and families, and on people who claim asylum - even if their case is shaky. None of those laws or precedents mean that children must be taken away from their parents. The children are being held separately from parents who have been arrested under the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy for illegal border crossings. That increase came amid rising violence and continued poverty in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, which led to a big increase in the number of people arriving at the US border claiming asylum.

"It's a unsafe situation for this country, and it's all on the backs of the Democrats", Gidley said.

Trump has sought to use the widespread outrage over the family separations to push through other immigration priorities that have stalled in Congress, such as funding for his long-promised wall along the Mexican border. "And it's an effort to extort a bill to their liking in the Congress".

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