Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump justifies separation of children from migrant parents

Trump justifies separation of children from migrant parents

Inasmuch the law that enables authorities to separate families crossing illegally into the U.S. has been in the books through Democratic and Republican administrations, it is President Trump's (and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions') "zero-tolerance policy" that has resulted in hundreds of children, some of them toddlers, being separated from their parents in heart-rending scenes that had outraged much of America and the world.

It's unclear if Nielsen heard the recording, which consists mostly of the sounds of weeping children calling for their mothers and fathers.

Then, as Trump accused the "fake news" media of helping smugglers and human traffickers with their illegal immigration coverage, he eventually said this about his zero-tolerance policy. "Like the majority of Americans, we have been horrified by the images and stories of children torn from their families along our nation's Southwest Border. What's missing is a conductor".

Children in custody rest in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, on Sunday. The outlet spoke to her aunt, who is also seeking asylum in America for the same reason as her sister and niece. The aunt told ProPublica that her sister paid a smuggler $7,000 to guide her through Guatemala and Mexico to entry into the United States, where they were apprehended.

"I don't want them to stop my dad", one little girl is heard saying between sobs. Six-year-old Alison Jimena Valenica Madrid can be heard reciting the contact number of an aunt in the United States and begging the authorities to call her.

She told an agent she had her aunt's phone number and recited it to a consular worker.

The agency further noted that it only refers to the Department of Justice "those adults who violate the law by crossing the border illegally and are amenable for prosecution".

"It was the hardest moment in my life", the aunt said.

"Imagine getting a call from your six-year-old niece". She's crying and begging me to go get her. She said she believes that this zero tolerance policy is not the solution.

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"It so challenges the conscience of our country that it must be changed and must be changed immediately", she said during a news conference at a San Diego terminal that is connected to the airport in Tijuana, Mexico, by a bridge. In some cases, families have not been able to locate their children afterward.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, speaking to reporters during a tour of San Diego immigration detention facilities with Rep. Juan Vargas and other House Democrats, said family separation is a "heartbreaking, barbarian issue that could be changed in a moment by the president of the United States rescinding his action".

Decrying "internment camps", Democrats and their supporters disrupted a high-profile USA congressional hearing about an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe on Tuesday.

Since the announcement of President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" approach over immigration began earlier this year, almost 2,000 children were separated from their parents at the border.

On Tuesday, Trump was scheduled to meet with majority Republican congressmen about immigration legislation the House of Representatives expects to vote on later in the week.

President Trump doubled down on his administration's practice of separating illegal immigrant families at the Mexican border yesterday, saying the United States "will not be a migrant camp", as outrage mounted with MA officials blasting the policy and demanding immediate change.

Microsoft released a pair of statements after critics raised concerns about a January blog post in which the company wrote it was "proud" to supply tech services to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), including its Azure cloud computing service and the ability to use "deep learning capabilities to accelerate facial recognition and identification".

The separation of these Central American children from their parents was triggered by the administration's decision to bring criminal charges against adults who enter the country without permission.

Trump has some support in highly political Washington for his controversial policy.

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