Thursday, 17 October, 2019

Whistleblower Releases Audio of Crying Kids at Border Facility: The Rundown

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Deanna Wagner | 20 June, 2018, 11:56

Immigrants arrested near the southwestern border are taken to processing centers where officials refer some to federal court to be prosecuted under the USA criminal entry statute.

Since current law does not allow children to be held in detention facilities indefinitely, President Donald Trump's administration separates the children from their parents in order to detain the parents.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said: "We hope to reach out to the Democrats and see if we can get a result, which means making a law and not just get into some kind of sparring back and forth that leads to no conclusion", he said.

Asked if the White House supports the measures presented by Mr Cruz, Mercedes Schlapp, director of strategic communications, told reporters: "We're looking into the legislative text on the Cruz bill". He did not elaborate.

But Trump himself has also decried the policy's effects.

"This a way for us to show the families that we are behind them", said Jaime Walsh, 26, a web designer who recently moved to San Francisco.

The Trump administration separated 2,342 children from 2,206 parents along the US-Mexico border between May 5 and June 9.

Trump also questioned the need for thousands of additional judges to handle immigration cases.

"Can you imagine the graft that must take place?"

Trump insisted that there are "only two options" for dealing with immigrants who come to the country illegally: "Totally open borders or criminal prosecution". Before the policy, many people who were accused of illegal entry and did not have a criminal record were merely referred for civil deportation proceedings, which generally did not break up families.

Corey Lewandowski mocks child with Down syndrome taken from mom at border
"Womp-womp", Corey Lewandowski , President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, said mockingly. This isn't about left or right, what's happening at the border is inhumane.

Kerlikowske ran CBP between 2014 and 2017, and he reflected on times he met with Central American migrants on the border, as waves of migrants grew who were asking for asylum during his tenure. And now, Republicans are increasingly joining them in their call to stop separating families.

Mexico weighed in before Trump's speech, with a strong rebuke.

"Mommy! I want to go with Dad", a young girl is heard crying out.

Trump counselled that America must always arrest people coming into the country illegally; noting that, "Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very unsafe trip, and only 2,000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our country illegally on numerous occasions".

"The President spoke to the House Republican conference on a range of issues".

Reps. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) and Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) said Trump told Republicans that his daughter Ivanka had approached him concerned about the images of family separation.

The eight-minute recording includes a US Border Patrol agent joking about the cries of the children, comparing them to an "orchestra". The measures would also create a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million young immigrants already in the US who were brought illegally by their parents. It is not clear that either piece of legislation has enough votes to win passage. John Cornyn, another Republican senator from Texas, said he's going to introduce an updated version of a 2014 bill he backed alongside a Democratic representative.

President Donald Trump has doubled down on his tough immigration rhetoric, vowing to keep arresting illegal immigrants and blaming Democrats for wanting illegal immigrants to pour in as their potential voters.

House Republicans were reportedly working on a revised plan that would allow children to be detained for longer than is now allowed but keeping them with their parents, the Associated Press reported.

The UN high commissioner for refugees says the policy is "unacceptable". Another Republican governor, Massachusetts' Charlie Baker, dropped his offer the previous day to send troops to the border.