Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

HHS officials warned against family separations

HHS officials warned against family separations

On Tuesday, the administration pushed back.

Mr Ryan said after the meeting: "The president's willing to be patient to make sure that we get what we need so that we can get that done". Albence described the Family Residential Centers where children separated from their parents are held by ICE as "summer camps".

Officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agencies planned to testify. Democrats on the committee pushed them to explain what went wrong with the policy. The associate director of refugee, asylum, and global operations at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Higgins continued, "It's hard to put myself in the position of an individual who takes a unsafe journey in which their child could be harmed, let alone whether I would send my children".

That clearly frustrated Sen. Here's Senator Dick Durbin of IL.

Immigrant advocates and lawyers have said that the policy has been chaotic, and that it was evident there was no plan in place for how to reunify families before the separations began on a large scale.

While some Republicans offered measured criticism of the problem, Democrats ridiculed Mr. Trump's immigration policies as cruel and bungling. Someone - someone - in this administration has to accept responsibility. No. 2 Senate Democrat Richard Durbin of IL said he wanted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign, saying the policy shows "the extremes this administration will go to to punish families fleeing" terrible conditions, adding, "Someone in this administration has to accept responsibility". But Nielsen shows no signs of quitting. She was hundreds of miles away today at a cybersecurity conference in New York City.

Another proposal to improve the family separation problem includes hiring more immigration judges to alleviate the 700,000-case backlog now in the system.

Trump's "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting migrants entering the USA without authorization, his separation of more than 2,500 children from their parents, and botched efforts to reunite many of them has drawn election-year criticism from both parties. It would also prevent the deportation of parents until the child's case before an immigration judge is resolved, ending either in a deportation order or legal status in the U.S.

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Trump is praising DeSantis as "a tough, brilliant cookie" and predicts: "He's going to be your next governor". While journalist Jim Acosta tweeted: 'Trump out of touch here. you don't need an ID to buy groceries'.

Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Jeff Merkley of OR, and Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, filed a bill Monday that would allow most family units to be released into the U.S.as they await the conclusion of their hearings.

"Immigrant families and children kept in federal custody deserve to be treated with basic human dignity and respect and should never be subjected to these forms of abuse", the senators wrote. "So we ought to be disturbed, and I'm disturbed by these allegations".

The committee chairman, Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and top panel Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California asked late Monday for an examination of alleged sexual, physical and emotional mistreatment of immigrants held at agency facilities.

Grassley says understands why the Trump administration took a "zero tolerance" stance against illegal border-crossers.

Those consequences were that parents were separated from their children when they were sent to federal detention, while the children were sent to shelters.

Trump formally ended the practice of separating parents from their children when he signed an executive order in June.

JOHN CORNYN: And I found that these facilities were well-managed with caseworkers, mental health professionals and teachers, 24/7 access to fresh food and water. He says he's "very comfortable" with immigrants' treatment. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, asked witnesses whether they would want their children to stay in one of the government's family detention centers.

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