Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump threatens government shutdown over immigration policy

Trump threatens government shutdown over immigration policy

Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, pressed Matthew Albence, executive associate director of enforcement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, if there was a formal piece of documentation parents would sign to voluntarily leave their children behind.

"We do not leave our humanity behind when we report for duty", Carla L. Provost, acting chief of the USA border patrol told members of the Senate judiciary committee.

For his part, Rep. Cuellar said: "The Trump administration has now missed two court-imposed deadlines to reunify immigrant families who were separated as a result of the Zero-tolerance policy".

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., one of Nielsen's most persistent critics, pointed out that the panelists who testified were "not the shot-callers".

Following a day of relative silence on Twitter, Trump says: "Please understand, there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally, whether they have children or not - and many are just using children for their own sinister purposes". He said the administration has "mishandled" family separations.

"At no time did we not know where any adults that were in ICE custody were, " Albence added, stressing that once those adults were deported, the government no longer tracked them - making it hard to reunite them with their children. "I think, hopefully, most of the appropriation bills will actually be passed a little more - a little better prioritization of spending".

Albence doubled down on his description, insisting, "These individuals are there because they've broken a law".

"What went wrong is the children separated from their parents were referred as unaccompanied alien children when in fact they were accompanied", he said, describing some of the communication issues that forced members of his team to sort by hand through the more than 12,000 files of migrant children in government custody to determine which ones arrived with parents. More than 700 children remain separated, including more than 400 whose families have already left the USA without them. "We have immigration laws, we have border security, we have all sorts of things going on".

To prove his point, Albence said during Tuesday's Senate hearing that of the 75,000 immigrants now in those programs, only 2,430 were deported in fiscal year 2017.

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Despite Mexico's public rejection of responsibility for the cost and tangles with Democrats and other Republicans in Congress over funding for the wall, Trump has consistently pushed the proposal, sometimes over other border security measures that are proven to prevent illegal immigration and drug smuggling.

Asked by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., what response HHS officials got from administration policymakers, White said, "The answer was there was no policy which would result in separation of children from family units". As Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, put it on Tuesday, immigrants who are released and ordered to appear before an immigration judge simply ignore that order and "escape into the great American landscape never to be heard from again".

In the wake of government confusion keeping track of parents and children, Sen.

Trump began his policy of "zero tolerance" in the spring, prosecuting all migrants caught entering the US without authorization.

The controversy that ensued the family separation policy caused many Republican lawmakers to distance themselves from Trump's tough immigration agenda.

When the Trump administration tried to make that claim in federal court, in their motion to overturn Flores, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee disputed it in strong terms. While he commended administration officials for reuniting many parents with their children, it faulted them for leaving hundreds of families still apart and warning that a better system must be in place. He says he's "very comfortable" with immigrants' treatment.

He also cited reports that immigrants have experienced sexual and other abuse at some detention facilities and said those held must be treated humanely. The alleged victims, Hispanic youths held for months or years, have submitted sworn statements in the case.

The facility also has a history of troubling practices, including allegations of child abuse, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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