Trump defiant as outrage over family separations grows

20 June, 2018, 17:40 | Author: Wade Massey

Anthony List, an anti-abortion organization that pledges to "encircle the vulnerable ones who need us, and to fight until they are safe and free", said Monday it won't discuss Attorney General Jeff Sessions' "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, which separates children from their parents so the adults can be criminally prosecuted for crossing the border without documentation.

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, a Brookline Democrat who attended a rally on the U.S. -Mexico border over Father's Day weekend, meanwhile, spoke out against the Trump administration's policy during a Tuesday morning event at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

Since children can not be sent to the facilities where their parents are held, they are separated from them.

But a defiant Trump sounded unfazed by the mounting pressure to alleviate the situation before it ruptures into a public relations disaster for his party.

The administration has taken almost 2,000 children away from their parents over the span of six weeks.

"We don't have to prosecute them, but then we are not prosecuting them for coming in illegally".

After his remarks, the president raised eyebrows by walking across the stage, arms outstretched, and embracing a U.S. flag. And in tweets about immigration over the weekend he brought up everything from the violent MS-13 gang to European immigration problems to crime in Latin American countries.

House Republicans are trying desperately to wrangle the votes on a broader bill, which would overhaul the immigration system that includes a path to address the family separations.

Holocaust survivor Yoka Verdoner was one of a growing chorus who have likened family separations to what happened at concentration camps.

The senator further pressed the president's pick to take over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Tuesday for clarification on her role in crafting the administration's policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their families at the border.

So immigration may not be the winning ticket Trump believes.

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President Trump visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with anxious Republicans who hoped he'd help them put out the firestorm he started with his decision to separate parents and children.

The United Nations has slammed the separation practice as unconscionable, while Amnesty International blasted it as "nothing short of torture".

It shows a child peering through a chain-link fence as a woman's voice criticizes the family separation practice.

"The time is now for the White House to end the cruel, tragic separations of families", said Senator Lisa Murkowski, from Alaska.

Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., said Trump told lawmakers he "would continue to support the legislation, and that people shouldn't be anxious that he would change his mind". Numerous children separated from their families have been held in detention centers. Now, there's an audio clip of children who have been separated from their parents. But first-time crossers are often given an option of voluntary deportation back to countries - a flight to Central America, or for Mexicans, a bus to the border.

Cecilia Muñoz, Obama's top domestic policy adviser, said his administration did consider a similar policy, but decided not to go through with it. She also said that children will only be separated in narrow circumstances, including if the adult has broken the law.

The majority crossed the border without their parents.

The Department of Justice chief said: "Well, it's a real exaggeration, of course".

But activists seized on the symbolism. "I'm alarmed by the reports & would support a stand alone to fix this issue now".

"No. He did say he supported 'the bill.' He just doesn't - he's not specific, you know, he does things his own way", retiring Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) said with a laugh when TPM asked if he'd explicitly endorsed the compromise bill hammered out by House GOP moderates and conservatives.

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