Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Anger mounts against Trump over child separation policy

Anger mounts against Trump over child separation policy

The United States government has separated almost 2,000 minors from their families at the border between April 19 and May 31 as part of a crackdown by the Trump administrations on illegal immigration, according to a new report.

The tally is from April 19 through May 31.

While facing mounting anger over the separation of migrant children from their parents at the U.S. border, Trump threw prospects of a swift fix into doubt Friday, saying he would not sign compromise immigration legislation ending the policy.

Sessions said Monday in New Orleans at the National Sheriff's Association conference that enforcing immigration laws that result in the separation of children from parents is necessary.

The figures, however, were not broken down by age and "included separations for illegal entry, immigration violations, or possible criminal conduct by the adult".

Crossing the border between official ports of entry is and has always been illegal, according to U.S. Code § 1325.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed the concern from some church leaders in a speech on Thursday, citing a biblical passage that talked about following the law.

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As the adults are being charged with a crime and detained, the children that travel with them are being separated and classed as unaccompanied minors.

Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights and justice at the Women's Refugee Commission, says sharing information with DHS is "going to discourage people from coming forward to pick children up and take them into their care". "And yet, Trump argued that Sessions had no choice", Oliver said before playing a clip of Trump saying Sessions is following laws that are already on the books.

Following Trump's election, then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly - now Trump's White House chief of staff - floated the idea of separating families as a way to discourage illegal border crossings.

There were more than 50 at the official crossings in April and March each, according to the figures.

Kellyanne Conway, a senior aide to Trump, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that "nobody likes seeing babies ripped from their mother's arms" and that she did not "want anybody to use these kids as leverage", but called for Congress to close "loopholes" in immigration laws.

Ex-White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate how the Federal Bureau of Investigation was "weaponized" against President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign.

"By and large, we are accepting almost all of the referrals that we get from our counterparts at DHS, we continue to work with the federal judiciary on practical solutions to differing caps that they have", said a Justice Department official. Critics have countered the administration is declining to use the discretion it has to decide which immigration cases are best to prosecute.

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