Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

GOP lawmakers decry family separations as White House defends policy

GOP lawmakers decry family separations as White House defends policy

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says President Trump has tried to address the problem of immigrant children being separated from their parents.

"Sarah, you're a parent".

Trump had said in the interview with "Fox & Friends" Friday that he was looking at two House immigration bills, but that he "certainly wouldn't sign the more moderate one".

Again, it's going to mean we're going to get somebody just as bad as her as our press secretary, but it also shows that this White House is still in complete chaos 17, 18 months after it began.

"That's not what I said, and I know it's hard for you to understand even short sentences I guess", Sanders said.

Sarah Sanders slammed for saying US-Mexico border policy was justified because it's "biblical to enforce the law".

The Trump spokeswoman had already upbraided CBS Wednesday night in a tweet for jumping the gun.

Sanders explained the administration is enforcing the current law, which she said has been on the books for years and the president is working to fix.

Only the compromise bill would open a door to citizenship for young immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children, and reduce the separation of children from their parents when families are detained crossing the border - a practice that has drawn bipartisan condemnation in recent days. Karem exclaimed. "They have less than you do!"

He added they "don't belong" in the White House briefing room.

And it was downhill from there as subsequent reporters pushed back against the false claims the press secretary was making-namely that their family separation policy was "the law" and not a specific policy choice pushed by President Trump and promoted at the DOJ by Sessions on multiple occasions.

"It's not that, it's not that, it's about you answering a question", Karem said. "We're a country of law and order, and we're enforcing the law, and protecting our borders". Sanders went on to blame congressional Democrats for refusing to close supposed "loopholes" in immigration laws that protect migrants throughout the asylum process.

"I know you want to get some more TV time!".

In this June 7, 2018, photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., takes questions from reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. It's a serious question. A draft of that bill released Thursday would keep children with their families while they are in Homeland Security Department custody. "Don't you have any empathy for they go through?"

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