Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Top Homeland Security Republican Demands End To Family Separations

Top Homeland Security Republican Demands End To Family Separations

"Rather than fixing the law, Congress is asking those who enforce the law to turn our backs on the law and not enforce the law".

Nielsen also responded to criticism from multiple former first ladies to the administration's zero tolerance immigration stance, remarking that it is a serious issue but one that should be handled by Congress. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart".

As reporters questioned whether children were being adequately cared for and whether the policy constituted child abuse, Nielsen said that the DHS was merely enforcing policies and it was up to Congress to change the laws.

The Trump administration ended the practice in April.

"We do not have the luxury of pretending that all individuals coming to this country as a family unit are in fact a family", she said in a speech to the National Sheriff's Association in New Orleans.

President Donald Trump defended the enforcement of immigration laws Monday morning.

Last month, Homeland Security began referring all cases of illegal entry to the Justice Department for prosecution. But in the meantime, he said, "The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility". "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border".

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However, Nielsen obviously didn't read this article and tweeted away on Sunday denying the fact that the policy exists.

"Illegal actions have and must have consequences", she said. "No more free passes, no more get out of jail free cards".

"This administration has made it clear that we are not going to ignore the law any longer", the official said.

Administration officials are quick to note that Sessions' policy makes no mention of separating families.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was just asked where are all the girls who have been separated from their parents, after a flood of images and videos of young boys have been posted.

What happens to the children?


He also refuted the claim that agents were surreptitiously misleading children and parents in order to separate them, as well as one report which detailed a mother being separated from her child during breastfeeding.

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Over the weekend, Lee and Jeffries were among a group of Democratic legislators who marched to immigrant processing and detention facilities across the country in protest of the new policy.

Moderate Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Jeff Flake demanded answers about the treatment of migrant families in a Saturday letter to the DHS and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Southwest Key Programs, a company that recently made headlines after an OR senator was denied entry at one of its facilities in Brownsville, Texas, is one of the largest operators in Texas.

What about immigrants who come through legal ports of entry?

The law dictates that children be removed from adults accused of committing crimes, she said, calling "offensive" reporters' suggestions the children were being used as a deterrent and a pawn.

In response, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can be heard joking, "We have an orchestra here..." Many are fleeing violence in Central America and are hoping to apply for asylum in the United States.

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