Recording of crying children at border adds to outrage

Pauline Gross
June 19, 2018

Trump, meanwhile, continued to blame Democrats for the failure of the Republican-controlled Congress to pass any immigration legislation, which would end the administration's practice of separating children from their parents. "Laura Bush made that case eloquently in The Washington Post this weekend".

American University professor of government, Jennifer Lawless, said Mrs Trump's intervention in the debate was unusual for a first lady. "I live in a border state", she said.

"I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our worldwide boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel", she wrote. "These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, one of the most shameful episodes in US history". Since previous year, there has been a 325 per cent increase in unaccompanied alien children and a 435 per cent increase in family units entering the country illegally. It didn't work with the "Dreamers" who were brought here illegally as children.

It is immoral, inhumane and traumatizing to rip children from the arms of their parents and to hold them in cages. "The president is going to get hurt by this issue if it stays out there very, very long".

Several groups of lawmakers toured a nearby facility in Brownsville, Texas, that houses hundreds of immigrant children.

Meanwhile, Congressman Bennie Thompson, Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, in a letter to Nielsen expressed his concern and requested more information regarding US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) recent transfer of 1,600 detainees to five federal prisons due to President Trump's zero-tolerance policy. The U.S. can't send them back over the border unless they are Mexican citizens, and instead must refer their case to an immigration judge.

This pressure is coming as White House officials have tried to distance themselves from the policy. Yet, he says it's up to the Democrats to fix it.

A boy and father from Honduras are taken into custody by US Border Patrol agents near the US-Mexico Border
A boy and father from Honduras are taken into custody by US Border Patrol agents near the US-Mexico Border

The family separations are the result of the administration's "zero tolerance" policy in which all those apprehended entering the United States illegally, including those seeking asylum, are criminally charged, which generally leads to children being separated from their parents. USA protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.

Two immigration bills under consideration in the House could address the separations, but the outlook for passage is dim. Conservatives say the compromise legislation that GOP leaders helped negotiate with moderates is inadequate.

"The U.S. will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility", President Donald Trump told the world this morning, via a speech to the National Space Council.

Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute, said that, as a deterrent, the Obama administration began prosecuting border-crossers who had already been deported at least once. Republicans are increasingly joining Democrats in that call.

On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents. She also invoked the name and memory of her mother-in-law, former first lady Barbara Bush, who died in April.

"You look at what's happening in Europe, you look at what's happening in other places, we can't allow that to happen to the United States".

Current First Lady Melania Trump, also addressed the emotional issue.

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