“I will tell you that nobody likes this policy”.
Last month, facing a sharp uptick in illegal border crossings, Trump ordered a new effort to criminally prosecute anyone who crossed the border unlawfully – with few exceptions for parents travelling with their minor children.
The border processing center is the first place that detained immigrants go after they are arrested, but the stay is only temporary, CBP officials said.
The administration wants to send a message, said Maine Sen.
“I hate children being taken away”. “That is traumatising to the children, who are innocent victims”. Republicans announced that they planned to vote next week on a pair of immigration bills, but Democrats have indicated they are solidly opposed to both of those proposals.
“It’s zero tolerance. I don’t think you have to justify it”, Bannon, who was also CEO of Trump’s presidential campaign, said to ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in an exclusive interview on “This Week” Sunday.
“If the Democrats are serious, and if a lot of Republicans are serious, they’ll come together”, she said.
“What the administration is doing is they’re using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build their wall”, Schiff said. He has falsely claimed that Democrats are responsible for the practice.
“There are other ways to negotiate between Republicans and Democrats”. Pastor Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse, a vocal supporter of the president’s who has brushed aside past Trump controversies, called it “terrible” and “disgraceful”.
Her office said the statement was issued in response to questions by reporters.
Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told CNN on Sunday that the first lady believes “we need to be a country that follows all laws”, but also one “that governs with heart”.
But despite his calls for lawmakers to work together on immigration, Trump seemed to pour cold water on current attempts to draw up a centrist immigration bill.
Rep. Michael McCaul, who helped write the conservative version with Rep. Yet scuttling the bill could turn off independent voters, an especially important bloc for House Republicans competing in dozens of districts that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election.
“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the objective of order”, he said.
Meanwhile, Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke and former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar and others led a Father’s Day march to Tornillo, Texas, where migrant children are being held in a tent city detention facility.
Democrats have refused to consent to the border wall or restrictions to legal immigration Trump has demanded, and instead, hope to block family separations with standalone legislation.
“The side effect of zero tolerance is that fewer people will come up illegally, and fewer minors would be put in danger”, said a third senior administration official.
Acting HHS Assistant Secretary Steven Wagner outlined the policy in a recent Senate hearing, saying, “we’re going to give potential sponsor information to DHS so that they can provide their input based on all of the information that they have available”, which he said will “improve the quality of our decision-making about the appropriateness of the sponsors”.
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. “It really is an inhumane approach to handling the refugee crisis”, Zayas said.
The issue is causing a growing political storm for the Trump administration. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Sunday that the number “may well be higher” than that.