Trump Blames Democrats For Spike In Migrants Crossing Border Into U.S.

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Hostilities on both sides are rising as the midterm elections approach.

Congress is heading toward an immigration showdown in the House as Republican moderates force a June vote on legislation to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants and beef up border security.

Enter a June 2014 online story by The Arizona Republic titled "First peek: Immigrant children flood detention center".

Some Twitter users deleted their tweets after realizing the photo was from 2014, under the Obama administration.

The president blames democrats for a recent spike in the number of undocumented migrants trying to cross the border. "It does seem to provoke a ratcheting up across the board".

Ivanka Trump posted a photo of herself smiling and holding her two-year-old son Theodore on Sunday.

The White House says democrats have stymied GOP efforts to close immigration law loopholes.

"We want the families to know, 'Don't do it.' We don't want to separate you, we don't want to break up families, but we're enforcing the laws", Stephanie Dixon, a Border Patrol agent, said last week during a press event in Nogales.

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Rather, the ACLU is claiming that the administration is not reuniting parents and children for long after they are initially separated.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on April 6 the Homeland Security Department would now be referring all illegal border crossings to the Justice Department for prosecution.

Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union are in the midst of a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's policy of separating parents and children. This is in addition to hundreds more who were estimated to have been removed from their parents at the border since October. The administration is taking a stronger stance on this, as part of President Trump's attempts to limit immigration to the USA.

"He actually called the practice awful".

"Flores is not supposed to override a parent's choice and have their child sent to a unusual facility, ' said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants" Rights Project.

Advocates say those settings are typically less restrictive, and in some cases, children are allowed to attend public schools in their communities while their immigration cases play out in federal courts. "I can not defend that, nor do I wish to".

"It's perfectly legal for parents and children fleeing horrific violence and unsafe situations to apply for asylum in the U.S. They and their children deserve protection under the law, not inhumane treatment", says David Leopold, former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

How or why the story resurfaced on social media four years after it was published is unclear. But Trump seized on the error.

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However, former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, who pulled down his tweet linking the pictures to Trump still took a slam at the current administration with his correction.

"If somebody is unwilling to claim their child from custody because they're concerned about their own immigration status, I think that de facto calls into question whether they're an adequate sponsor and whether we should be releasing a child to that person", Wagner said. "Dems must agree to Wall and new Border Protection for good of country.Bipartisan Bill!" Republican leadership has consistently told conservatives pushing the bill that it would not have almost enough Republican votes to pass. Under U.S. protocol, if parents are jailed, their children would be separated from them.

Many tweets used the hashtag "WhereAreOurChildren", which grew out of testimony in April by a federal official that the US government had lost track of almost 1,500 unaccompanied minor children it placed with adult sponsors in the U.S.

Other liberal activists also linked to the Arizona Republic story using the hashtag "WhereAreOurChildren", which grew out of testimony in April by a federal official that the USA government had lost track of almost 1,500 unaccompanied minor children it placed with adult sponsors in the U.S.

This is not how it came to be that about 1,500 immigrant children have gone missing, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

A DHS official told a Senate panel in April that between October 2017 and January 1, ORR tried to contact 7,635 children it had helped place with sponsors. In some of many cases, sponsors simply didn't respond to the follow-up phone call, not surprising because many are in the USA illegally and reluctant to speak to authorities.

In fiscal year 2017, there were just over 304,000 apprehensions of people crossing the border illegally - the lowest ever recorded, DHS said at the time, touting it as a 40-year low.

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