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

Kamala Harris, other Democratic lawmakers call on Kirstjen Nielsen to resign

Kamala Harris, other Democratic lawmakers call on Kirstjen Nielsen to resign

Trump had previously tried to blame the policy on Democrats, but over the weekend his Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kristjen Nielsen, flat out denied that such a policy existed. Migrant children separated from parents wail at US Customs and Border Protection facilitySpeaking at a White House briefing Monday, Nielsen says the issue has been growing for years and is the product of loopholes that have created an open border.

Cruz said his bill would build temporary shelters where immigrant families could stay together in cases where there was no threat to the children's safety, double the number of federal immigration judges and speed handling of asylum applications.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Monday that seeking to deter parents by inflicting abuse on children is "unconscionable". "The narratives we don't see are the narratives of the crime, of the opioids, of the smugglers, of people who are killed by gang members, of American children who are recruited and then, when they lose the drugs, they're Tased and beaten".

"When a child is apprehended with their parents, DHS is required, due to various court rulings, to release the child within 20 days", she said. "The severe mental suffering that officials have intentionally inflicted on these families for coercive purposes, means that these acts meet the definitions of torture under both United States and global law", said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty International's Americas Director.

She claimed "misinformation" was being spread about the policy, which is that all people caught crossing the border illegally are prosecuted and thus families are separated. They award contracts to licensed child-care providers to house them.

"We want to solve this problem, we want to solve family separation", Trump said, speaking to a group of small business owners in Washington, D.C. Tuesday.

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General Assembly meeting to vote on a resolution condemning Israel's "excessive use of force". The statement was issued Wednesday ahead of an emergency U.N.

Lawmakers fan out across the country to hammer President Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy; William La Jeunesse reports from San Diego.

On Monday Trump blamed child separation on "horrible laws", as well as Democrats, who he complained were "obstructing" immigration legislation.

A former adviser to President Barack Obama has slammed Fox News' coverage of the Trump administration's policy of separating undocumented families crossing the border, claiming it amounts to "propaganda". "We do not want adults to bring children into this country unlawfully, placing them at risk", he said.

Detained criminals in the USA have always been separated from their children and families. "You look at what's happening in Europe, you look at what's happening in other places; we can't allow that to happen to the United States, not on my watch". ABC News' Marcus Moore, who visited the Rio Grand Valley centralized processing center in McAllen, Texas, on Sunday, said about 200 protesters had gathered outside the facility chanting "No estan solos", or "You are not alone".

Despite her professed unfamiliarity with the materials, Nielsen knew enough to suggest that their circulation reveals media bias.

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