Trump Again Falsely Blames Democrats for His Separation Policy

Trump Again Falsely Blames Democrats for His Separation Policy

Trump Again Falsely Blames Democrats for His Separation Policy

The "zero-tolerance" border security policy implemented by President Donald Trump's administration has sparked outrage on both sides of the political aisle and took on particular resonance as America celebrated Father's Day.

Advocates say the new information sharing might lead some parents to shy away from sponsoring their own children and ask others to do so, a situation that can lead to cases of trafficking or neglect. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law.

Democrats, meanwhile, stepped up their opposition to the policy, describing it as "evil". The president has also repeatedly blamed Democrats opposed to his immigration reform proposal, falsely crediting an anti-trafficking law that passed unanimously in 2008 under President George W. Bush for the separations.

"This must not be who we are as a nation", said Representative Jerrold Nadler, one of seven members of Congress from NY and New Jersey who met with five detainees inside the facility, including three who said they had young relatives removed from their care after seeking asylum at the border.

Bracing for more child arrivals, the government plans to build camps at military bases in Texas.

Realising the emotional resonance of the issue, House Republican leaders inserted a provision to block the Department of Homeland Security from separating parents and children in an immigration bill expected to be debated this week.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat from Texas, said he was working on legislation that would end the practice of family separation. Yet scuttling the bill could turn off independent voters, an especially important bloc for House Republicans competing in dozens of districts that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election.

Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg, legal director of the immigrant advocacy program at the Legal Aid Justice Centre in Virginia, said he's never worked with immigrants who said US policies influenced their decision to move.

"She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with a heart", the first lady said in the statement by her Spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham.

In a tweet on Saturday he urged Democrats to work with Republicans to create new legislation.

But the House will be taking votes on two immigration bills whose fate is uncertain - especially after Trump suggested Friday that he would not sign either one.

This policy, which doesn't provide those affected with a clear procedure to reunite families, have already separated almost 2,000 children from their parents and guardians between April 19 and May 31, according to Department of Homeland Security spokesman Jonathan Hoffman. They were sent to detention facilities or foster care.

Under US rules, immigrant children travelling alone or separated from relatives can be held by authorities and the Trump administration has backed family separations, including in asylum cases, as part of efforts to deter illegal immigration.

The debate over the "zero tolerance" policyhas escalated since it emerged that 1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults in just six weeks as they tried to enter the United States between official border crossings.

The debate surrounding immigration policy has intensified in recent weeks since the Trump administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy for illegal border crossings.

"This is your policy", Democratic U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries said in New Jersey. "As I have said many times before, if you are seeking asylum for your family, there is no reason to break the law and illegally cross between ports of entry". "That's traumatizing to the children who are innocent victims, and it is contrary to our values in this country".

Former first lady Laura Bush called the policy "cruel" and "immoral" while GOP Sen. "I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our worldwide boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel".

- Karen Tumulty is a Washington Post columnist covering national politics.

"These children should not be a negotiating tool", he wrote on Twitter.

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