The Trump administration is facing mounting criticism over its decision to systematically bring criminal charges against undocumented immigrants detained at the border, which forces them into federal prisons where children can not stay.
The president, too, has repeatedly blame Democrats for a policy his Sessions announced last month.
“The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their frightful and cruel legislative agenda”, he tweeted.
“It’s hard for me to enjoy Father’s Day knowing what’s happening to other children and families”, he said.
Democrats went on the counterattack, with top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi calling the Republican proposal “simply unworthy of America”.
Schiff said the practice was “deeply unethical” and that Republicans’ refusal to criticize Trump represented a “sad degeneration” of the GOP, which he said had become “the party of lies”.
Hours after Trump’s comments, the White House issued a statement saying the president had misspoken.
Speaking on the CBS news show “Face the Nation”, Sunday morning, the Republican also said the numbers of children who have been separated so far might exceed the almost 2,000 figure earlier reported. The figure is the only one released by the goverment.
“We can solve that problem in one meeting”, Trump told a throng of reporters at the White House on Friday. “The thinking in the building is to force people to the table”. In English and Spanish, it states: “We are and always will be a nation of immigrants”.
Press.” “It’s an effort to extort a bill to their liking in the Congress.
In recent days, Trump has blamed the Democrats and tweeted that the party is “forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their frightful and cruel legislative agenda”. White House officials later said the president had misspoken and didn’t realize he was being asked about the compromise bill. “I really try to look at the policy issues”. “And I don’t see how you do that without having a suite for every self-described family unit”. “They are holding the kids hostage”.
In the USA asylum seekers have watched helplessly as their children have been taken away from them under Donald Trump’s new zero tolerance immigration policy.
Immigrant advocacy groups denounced the policy, berating senior administration officials – some of whom were reduced to rueful apologies for a policy they said they could not justify – and telling Obama in late 2014 that he was turning his back on the most vulnerable people seeking refuge in the United States.
Bannon added, “I mean, I hate to say it, that’s the law and he’s enforcing the law”.
Mrs Trump “believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart”, her spokeswoman said. The psychological trauma being inflicted on the children, and their parents, is undeniable.
At least 2,000 children were separated since implementing a policy that results in family separations.. “That contradicts everything we know that the kids need to build their health”, Kraft said. “Using children, young children, as political foils is abhorrent”, said Sen Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island.
Some immigrant advocates have said women were being separated from their infants – a charge homeland security and justice department officials flatly denied.
Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, said the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on immigration doesn’t have to be justified.
Democrats have been incorporating the plight of the separated children in their midterm election campaigns.
The proposed fix won approval from moderate House Republicans locked in hard re-election battles, but not from Republican Senate candidates running competitive races in GOP-leaning states. Numerous criticisms raised in recent days are not fair or logical and some are contrary to law. The video had been viewed 40,000 times by Friday. “These stories are horrifying”, Harder said. But she also declined to sign on to a Democratic bill to end the practice.
She says the administration is willing to risk harm to children to deter illegal immigration.