Top U.S. business group urges end to child separation policy
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2018,
Jun 20, 2018, 1:13
The voices and faces of the Central American children separated from their parents at the USA border with Mexico are now emerging, lending a heart-rending human element to the debate over President Donald Trump's controversial "zero-tolerance policy" towards illegal immigrants.
"Democrats are the problem", he wrote.
He suggested that the Democrats can't win on their "terrible policies", and that "they view illegal immigrants "as potential voters".
Since Attorney-General Jeff Sessions announced the policy, almost 2,000 children have been taken away from their parents.
On Monday, at a White House event billed as a meeting of the president's National Space Council, much of the president's remarks focused on the immigration debate where he once again faulted Democrats for the administration's policy.
Journalists have been placed in the unusual position of covering the Trump administration as a propaganda outlet rather than reliable source, fact-checking and swatting away the administration's lies about the family separation policy in real time.
Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., another Freedom Caucus member, said he expects the GOP compromise bill to be defeated if it reaches the floor. Under the Obama administration, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation.
The "Keep Families Together Act" would prevent DHS from separating children from their parents unless parental rights have been terminated, a child welfare agency has issued a best interest determination or officials have approved separation due to trafficking indicators or other concerns of risk to the child, according to lawmakers.
Critics complain it would open the door to longer detentions for kids.
Thousands of people have been protesting in several USA cities against Donald Trump's racist "zero tolerance" policies that are splitting migrant families and sending children to detention centers which activists and critics are comparing to Nazi concentration camps. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said in a statement. "Good for the children, good for the country, good for the world", he said. She said Mrs. Trump hopes both sides "can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform".
He blamed Democrats for the impasse, even though his fellow Republicans control both chambers in Congress.
Goodlatte authored one of the measures, which is favored by conservatives.
Health experts have said children can suffer lifelong physical and psychological challenges when they are forcibly separated from a parent.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she had not heard the audio but said children taken into custody by the government are being treated humanely.
USA immigration officials say 2,342 children have been separated from 2,206 parents from 5 May to 9 June.
The president had earlier sparked outrage for tweeting that undocumented immigrants would "infest" the US.