Thursday, 17 October, 2019

How Donald Trump's immigration policy is especially cruel towards children

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Deanna Wagner | 20 June, 2018, 08:33

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended the "zero tolerance" policy leading to thousands of migrant families being split on the U.S. border as the only effective way to fight illegal immigration. This has meant the breakup of families, with children held in hastily arranged detention facilities while their parents are hauled off to jail.

Mr 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. "He can fix it tomorrow if he wants to, and if he doesn't want to, he should own up to the fact that he's doing it", said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY.

"We had a great meeting", Mr Trump said after meeting Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday night.

"If there is a vote exclusively on a stand-alone bill on ending the policy of separating of parents and children at the border, Congressman LoBiondo would vote yes", spokesman Jason Galanes said.

Trump has accused Democrats of provoking the current crisis by blocking legislation to combat illegal immigration.

Nielsen and other Trump administration officials say the separations are necessary to enforce immigration laws and have called on Congress to change the laws.

The U.S. government has separated 1,995 undocumented children from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border between April 19 and May 31, officials confirmed on June 15.

But even after the meeting, it was unclear whether Trump favored that bill over a more hardline measure supported by conservatives.

But McConnell hinted that Republicans are not anywhere close to an agreement, let alone a bipartisan one.

To prosecute illegal migrants in the U.S.

"This practice is cruel and contrary to American values", Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) Chief Executive Chuck Robbins, who chairs the group's immigration committee, said in a statement.

Sessions: harsh migrant policy aims to end 'lawlessness'
Both Sessions and Sanders have claimed that enforcing the policy - which they say is "law" (it isn't) - is, in fact, "biblical". It was focused on freeing and otherwise helping children who come to the border without a parent or guardian.

"The separation is not going to go on forever", said Bernal, whose family has been in California since the DeAnza expedition in the 1770s and whose whose wife crossed the Mexican border illegally with her parents as a child. The separations have been blasted by Democrats, some Republicans, medical professionals and rights activists. "The immediate cause of the crisis is your Department's recent institution of a "zero tolerance" policy under which all adults who enter the United States illegally are referred for prosecution", it read.

A Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll released on Tuesday showed fewer than one in three American adults supporting the policy.

There has been a sharp increase in the number of families crossing over after a federal court said the government can not detain them, not even fraudulent families.

Numerous Republican and Democratic lawmakers have called for Trump to abandon the border policy as indefensible.

The images that have sparked widespread condemnation, of children in wire cages, are of a border patrol processing centre in McAllen, Texas.

An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of small children crying out for their parents at a USA immigration facility is fuelling fury over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.

"We're going to hold Mike Coffman accountable for helping create this mess", Crow said.

Coffman's opponent, Democrat Jason Crow, said his campaign is holding a protest outside a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Aurora on Wednesday, where he'll read Coffman's voting record and the Republican's own words from previous immigration debates.

Top Democrats contended that Trump could change the policy with the stroke of a pen. "We need safety. We have to take care of our people", said the US President.

Kennedy acknowledged that addressing undocumented immigration is "a legitimately hard issue", but argued it's unacceptable for the USA government to target young children. Advocates say the wait times on these calls can be upwards of 30 minutes and parents are required to call back when a child cannot immediately be located.