Audio of children sobbing for their parents and photos of families being questioned by Border Patrol agents have swept across the Internet this week, bringing the issue home for many Americans who say they're troubled by what they saw.
Republicans' unwillingness to pressure Trump to end the family separation policy (only 13 Republican senators have called on the administration to do so while legislation gets hashed out) leaves more and more immigrant families vulnerable to separation, something doctors warn has intense and decades-long mental and physical health consequences for children.
His comments came amid a heartbreaking leaked recording of a detained migrant girl crying out for "Mami" and "Papa". Originally the meeting was planned to reassure Members that he really was on board with the "compromise" bill Paul Ryan wants to bring to the floor for a vote on Thursday along with the more conservative Goodlatte bill, after Trump mistakenly condemned it last week.
She did not provide details about where exactly it was recorded.
Later in the day, protesters heckled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as she ate dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, chanting "Shame!" and "End family separation!" But she told reporters that children taken by the government are treated humanely.
"My priority right now is to be continuing to work with our members to find that solution", she said. But let's look at President Donald Trump.
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Trump counselled that America must always arrest people coming into the country illegally; noting that, "Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very risky trip, and only 2,000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our country illegally on numerous occasions".
Dannenfelser's comments were in response to a recent New York Times op-ed titled, "You Can't Be Pro-Life and Against Immigrant Children".
The Trump administration blames previous administrations for lax border laws that entice immigrants to come to the United States, and also for a 2008 law that allows children to be taken into custody by HHS. No, that's false. It was his choice to pursue his new hardline approach, and he, not the Democrats, is responsible for family break-ups and the political backlash. He visited a center near the Texas city of Brownsville. So guess who's into this particularly cruel form of child abuse? Rooms are divided by age group.
An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of small children crying out for their parents at a U.S. immigration facility is fuelling fury over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.
Texas' Rio Grande Valley is the busiest area for people trying to enter the country. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you.
"When adults, with or without children, unlawfully enter this country, there must be a outcome for breaking our laws", DHS officials said.
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy tried to present this compromise bill as the only option.
As Gabriel Malor explained in detail, the proposed legislation cosponsored by every Senate Democrat was so carelessly written that it would prevent "federal law enforcement agencies nearly anywhere inside the United States from arresting and detaining criminals who are parents having nothing to do with unlawfully crossing the border and seeking asylum".
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.
Compared to German, Trump added, "Other countries are even worse", urging, "Be smart America!"
Trump says he hates migrant kids being separated from parents but has no choice.
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But politicians and religious groups are also among those to have criticised the Trump administration's " inhumane " policy. The public is getting its first look at what the conditions are like inside an old warehouse in South Texas where the U.S.