Trump 'Hates' Families Being Parted At Border, Insists Dems Must Change Law

Boys in detention at Casa Padre in Brownsville Tex. on Wednesday

Boys in detention at Casa Padre in Brownsville Tex. on Wednesday

Almost 2,000 children were separated from their families during a six-week period in April and May, as the Trump Administration cracked down on illegal immigration with a "zero-tolerance" policy of separating families at the border.

'The family separation policy that Trump has weaponized is Un-American and inhumane, ' she posted.

Jennifer Podkul is director of policy at Kids in Need of Defence, which represents children in immigration court.

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request to provide a breakdown of the age of children separated from their parents and held in custody, but the official said they do not separate babies from adults. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has introduced a bill in the Senate focused narrowly on ending the child separations, but it has not yet attracted any Republican support. Once children are separated, they are treated as unaccompanied minors under the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, which houses them in government facilities, puts them in temporary foster care, or releases them to adult sponsors in the United States.

Sessions has also taken steps to restrict people fleeing gang or domestic violence from seeking asylum in the U.S.

Immigration on the southwest border has remained high since the zero-tolerance policies took effect.

Several Democratic lawmakers, including Senators Jeff Merkley of OR and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, are traveling to the Rio Grande Valley area in Texas on Sunday to meet with USA border authorities and tour a former Walmart Inc. store that's been converted into a detention center for almost 1,500 immigrant boys. Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders too argued that "it is very Biblical to enforce the law", as both the immigration issue and the arguments between the media and the administration over it became increasingly fractious.

The issue is causing a growing political storm for the Trump administration.

From 19 April to 31 May, a total of 1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults as they tried to enter the U.S. between official border crossings.

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Democrats have been incorporating the plight of the separated children in their midterm election campaigns.

"Look, I hope that we don't have to separate any more children from any more adults", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last week.

In 2010, the then prime minister, Gordon Brown, expressed regret for the 50-year programme that saw 130,000 children from deprived backgrounds shipped to the colonies for a "better life".

In 2005, he launched Operation Streamline, a program along a stretch of the border in Texas that referred all unlawful entrants for criminal prosecution, imprisoning them and expediting assembly-line-style trials geared toward quickly deporting them. Implementing the policy exclusively for deterrence purposes, however, has been ruled illegal by USA judges.

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.

At one point during the White House briefing, a correspondent for Playboy magazine excoriated Sanders, asking her if as a mother of three she did not have any empathy for children being ripped apart from their parents.

As a result, families who crossed together illegally would in some cases be separated, he said.

Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg, legal director of the immigrant advocacy program at the Legal Aid Justice Centre in Virginia, said he's never worked with immigrants who said US policies influenced their decision to move. Now they began saying that it wasn't a new initiative at all, just an enforcement of existing law.

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