Trump digs in on immigration amid family separation policy

Trump digs in on immigration amid family separation policy

Trump digs in on immigration amid family separation policy

Several Trump administration officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley, on Monday continued to peddle the falsehood that a family separation policy does not occur.

"We don't want to separate families, but we don't want families to enter the border illegally", Sessions said. "Not on my watch". Democrats have turned up the pressure over the policy, and some Republicans have joined the chorus of criticism.

Trump falsely claimed that the separation of families was a result of a Democratic Party policy, and said it could only end when Democrats came to the table to negotiate broad immigration legislation that included funding for his border wall.

Under the policy, US federal agents separate parents, who are seeking asylum or attempting to enter the USA illegally, from their children.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME said she favors tighter border security, but expressed deep concerns about the child separation policy.

"If they come to the table instead of playing politics we can do it very quickly", Trump said. He also describes the current policy as a reaction against a "bad old policy", wherein he says many people took advantage of asylum seeker laws to get into the US and then did not show up to follow up hearings to determine the legitimacy of their asylum claims.

Though notable that the media-averse first lady made a statement at all, many take issue with her "both sides" rhetoric when the practice stems directly from the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy and her husband is fully vested with the power to roll it back. She said "the US 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".

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Former Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci said in a weekend interview that the child separation interview could be risky for Trump. Since then, stories of anguished separations and children held in detention centers like Casa Padre have made national and global headlines. He was speaking at the White House while announcing an unrelated policy.

"It is inconsistent with our American values to separate these children from their parents", Collins said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

"The more and more I learn about it, the more and more mad and sad I become", said Julio Acosta, a volunteer with Families Belong Together.

"You saw the president (say) on camera that he wants this to end", she added. A host of outlets, including BuzzFeed, CNN, and the Washington Post say Trump is incorrect about that. Trump wrote in a tweet.

Trump, whose promise to crack down on illegal immigration has been a major theme of his campaign and presidency, responded sharply to critics on Monday.

"Laura Bush isn't scared of being attacked by Donald Trump; she cares more about the well-being of children". Advocacy groups have said the problem arises from a politically-loaded zero-tolerance policy that is being enforced by the present administration.

Californian Democrat Representative Adam Schiff said the administration was "using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build our wall".

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