Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

DHS Secy: Trump Administration Did Not Create Policy That Separates Families

DHS Secy: Trump Administration Did Not Create Policy That Separates Families

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen targeted those groups by name in a series of tweets on Sunday night.

Based on Homeland Security policy and what CBS News has seen in person, claims that all kids are being separated from their parents at the border is false.

Nielsen's unexpected appearance at the daily briefing capped days of harrowing coverage of the plight of at least 2,000 children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S. border.

Nielsen said DHS and other law enforcement authorities are being asked "to look the other way when dealing with families at the border and not enforce the law passed by Congress". Nielsen says the government has high standards for detention centers and the children are well cared for. "So they're essentially forcing people to cross the border illegally or leave them stranded (on the) very risky Mexican side of the border".

The audio clip is heartwrenching and captures the emotion of every child that has to face the cruel punishment for parents immigrating ways.

Nielsen said "those who have complained" about the policies now have an "opportunity" to work with the administration on the issue. The US government has separated about 2,000 migrant children from their parents in the last six weeks, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security. "I'm not familiar with those particular images", she added. They award contracts to licensed child-care providers to house them.

So the last administration, the Obama administration, the Bush administration, all separated families at the - they absolutely did. Her choice implicitly was either to quit or to clench her jaw and oversee a policy that would prove to him how far she's willing to go in the name of zero tolerance.

Two: The media have, in reality, reported at length on opioids, smugglers and gangs crossing USA borders - often correcting the president's exaggerations.

She said Democrats were acting "cowardly" and could change federal immigration law if they wanted to.

"These children are not entering at points of entry, but unsafe places", Sessions said.

"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility", Trump vowed. The family separations at the border are captured in the heartbreaking voices of small Spanish-speaking children. The Trump administration adopted a "zero tolerance" policy toward unlawful border crossings in April. But Monday's statement marks the first time the Democratic senator has called for the DHS secretary's resignation, her office confirmed to CNN.

Richard Tofel, ProPublica's president, said the decision to post the recording and accompanying story reflected a focus on providing a fuller accounting of what's happening in facilities that are closed to public view.

The DHS made a step-by-step guide for detained adults who are trying to reach their children called "Next Steps for Families".

Amnesty International recently interviewed 17 asylum-seeking parents who were forcibly separated from their children, and all but three of them had entered the US legally to request asylum.

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