Steve Bannon defends Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' border policy

Cheryl Sanders
June 17, 2018

She also echoed an argument made by President Donald Trump that it's in the hands of Congress to make the change. They said they're running out of room at their own facilities amid President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration.

To Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the administration is "using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build our wall".

A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S. -Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas.

Embers of disapproval were stoked when Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited scripture on Thursday in defense of the administration's tough immigration policies.

"It is critical that Congress fully understands how our nation's laws are being implemented on the ground, especially when the well-being of young children is at stake", they wrote.

A recurring feature of the past decade has been shame-faced governments apologising to (and often financially compensating) parents for the forced removal of their children in the name of one abhorrent social policy or another. The cumulative effect is a dramatic adjustment of immigration policy and practice.

Nearly 2,000 children have reportedly been separated from their families at the border over six weeks under the policy.

Almost 2,000 minors were separated from their parents or adult guardians who illegally crossed into the United States over a recent six-week period, officials said Friday in the most comprehensive 2018 figures provided on family separations.

Parents are now being arrested and placed in quick federal court proceedings near the border. As you may be aware, it has been revealed that thousands of kids and their parents got separated while at the southern border.

Almost 2,000 children were taken from their parents at the US border with Mexico in the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security said Friday.

The administration insists the new rules are necessary to send a message to immigrants.

In some cases, parents appear to have been told their children were being taken away to the toilet only for them to disappear. Apply to enter lawfully. On a Texas border bridge, parents and children have been sleeping in sweltering heat for several days awaiting their turn.

In a tweet Saturday morning, the president bashed Democrats for obstructing a GOP immigration bill that would stop the separation of families on the border, provide protection for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, and provide funding for a border wall. But when it separates families at the border? More generally, the government is supposed to house minors in the least restrictive way possible.

The arrival of children fleeing violence in Central America is not new. Almost 60,000 children were placed in government-contracted shelters in the 2014 fiscal year.

Barletta said he has compassion for the children caught up in the immigration debate. If you are desperate enough you will take your chance however poor the odds; we already know this from the number of child migrants who have drowned in capsized boats in the Mediterranean.

Numerous 1,500 children in the facility, a former Walmart, might more readily agree with a part of Obama's 2014 speech that is not on the wall: "Our immigration system is broken - and everybody knows it".

Beyond politicians, pediatricians have also denounced the practice of tearing children away from their parents, saying it can disrupt brain development and harm long-term health. The Democrats have to change their law.

Two Republican senators, Collins and Arizona's Jeff Flake, said Sunday they'd written to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to demand an explanation of the policy. "Are these moms going to stay in Guatemala?" If they can be held indefinitely, the logic goes, there will be less reason to separate them.

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