Trump reverses family separation policy after tech, political backlash
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2018,
Jun 20, 2018, 21:33
As his own supporters turn on him, the President stands firm, convinced he won the election on a promise of an immigration crackdown, and that is what Americans want.
The decision to separate parents and children at the border stems in large part from the administration's outspoken desire to block undocumented migration from Central American countries. You're right. We do have that legislation.
But for days before that, the administration absorbed withering criticism for its heavy-handed and cold-hearted response to an immigration crisis following the implementation of its zero-tolerance policy that has resulted in children being forcibly separated from parents who illegally cross the border. She said the government had high standards for detention centres and the children were well cared for, stressing that Congress needs to plug loopholes in the law so families can stay together. And actually, Trump at that time, thought Kelly's idea was too aggressive, even though he was pushing a strong immigration policy. "What's missing is a conductor". Juan Vargas, a Democrat from southern California, shouted as Trump exited the meeting.
"I think from my standpoint, we need to keep working on it", said Rep. Scott Perry, a conservative from Pennsylvania. "We will not deploy National Guard to the border, and we will not be complicit in a political agenda that governs by fear and division".
Aside from his analyst work on MSNBC, in which he usually provides a conservative - though rarely Trump-alligned - viewpoint, Schmidt is also known for the portrayal of his character by Woody Harrelson in the HBO film Game Change that chronicled the John McCain/Sarah Palin 2008 White House campaign.
Legislation is neither the required nor the likely solution to the Trump administration policy, however. "It should do so now". Kansas GOP Sen. Pat Roberts said he was "against using parental separation as a deterrent to illegal immigration". Parents who have been deported back to countries such as Guatemala and Honduras without their children are reaching out to local organizations asking for help locating them.
The compromise measure would limit, but not outright ban family separations. One girl repeatedly asks to be put in touch with an aunt, reeling off a number she had memorized.
"We are the people who wash your dishes, wash the underwear and give the food to the children".
It also means that unless Mr. Trump blinks, there's little chance of relief for the almost 70 children who are being separated each day.
But similar images of children sleeping on the ground exist now.
The kids pictured in metal cages were unaccompanied minors waiting for housing.
But Trump himself has also decried the policy's effects.
It would require an independent child welfare official to review any such separations and return the child if no harm is present, as well as mandate all Customs and Border Protection agents to complete child welfare training on an annual basis. Most all of them share stories of fleeing drug cartels, extreme poverty, and gang violence.
On Tuesday night, some 10-15 protestors, who were tipped off by a diner that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was dining at a Mexican restaurant with a friend, barracked her, chanting "Shame! But we're the first administration stepping up and trying to fix it".
Manuel Padilla, the area's Border Patrol chief, said, "When you exempt a group of people from the law.that creates a draw".
He, however, offered that he's encouraged by the public's reaction to the controversial policy. Speaking before an event on space Monday, he argued that immigration laws which he blamed for the policy are "horrible and tough". We have to do our job, we will not apologize for doing our job. But they are running up against Trump's shifting views on specifics and his determination, according to advisers, not to look soft on his signature immigration issue, the border wall.