Trump Repeats False Claim on Dems, Family Separation

Elias Hubbard
June 20, 2018

The more conservative bill, moved by judiciary committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, would make it a criminal offence to overstay a visa in the United States; cut legal immigration by 25 per cent; and allow recipients of the now-cancelled Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - which covered some people who were brought to the US illegally as children - to remain in the United States on three-year renewable work visas. But they're going to fail, just as they have so many times before.

Fierce rhetoric on immigration was the fuel on which much of Donald Trump's presidential campaign ran. Video footage released by the government has shown migrant children held in wire cages and sitting on concrete floors.

The explicit demand comes as Congress is trying to find a deal that is unrelated - at least in theory - to reunite children separated from their parents along the U.S-Mexican border, and it was not well received.

Despite the meeting with the president, some members remained wary of supporting any immigration bill following a chaotic week during which Trump appeared to switch his position on immigration several times. This gives GOP lawmakers political cover to break with Trump.

In the seven-minute tape, children who were reportedly aged four to 10, could be heard crying out for the parents. Previously, many of these people only faced the regular immigration-processing system without being prosecuted. None of them have passed. However, zero tolerance policies often make bad situations horrific and spawn a slew of unintended and expensive consequences.

The administration argues it is necessary to prosecute illegal border crossers to keep them in government custody and make sure they are deported.

Well, the change is, is because we're actually enforcing the law. Any minors accompanying them are to be taken away. "We're following the current debate closely and awaiting the specifics of the proposed legislation meant to address these and other concerns related to immigration reform and border security". Their children are then classified as "unaccompanied minors" and are transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement. The problem with that statement is that all illegal border crossers are now considered criminals, a big change in immigration policy. Regardless, we can not have children housed like inmates while we figure it out. Doyle is a cosponsor on House Res. 927, which condemns the family-separation policy and calls for keeping immigrant and asylum-seeking families together.

Children could be separated from adults in the past if CPB agents suspected an adult wasn't really a child's parent - a proven problem - or was perhaps a smuggler or someone using the child to get out of detention faster.

Republicans, struggling with the mounting crisis created by the administration's new family separation policy, are planning to vote this week on two competing immigration bills.

"I don't want them to stop my father", another child cries.

Zero tolerance policies are ineffective because they do not account for extenuating circumstances or individual history.

Ivanka isn't happy. Ivanka Trump is apparently among the many opponents of the border separation policy.

"It could be a tough deterrent - would be a tough deterrent", Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly told NPR during a May 11 interview shortly after Sessions' announcement. They include tightened rules for border enforcement, new curbs on legal entry and his signature issue, a border wall - which Democrats adamantly oppose.

But Trump has defended his policy by tweeting: "If you don't have Borders, you don't have a Country!".

"He didn't really tell us what bill to vote for", said Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), saying Trump laid out his main principles on immigration and told Republicans he "wanted to take care of the kids" - a reference to the unfolding family separation crisis. They do nothing for us.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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