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

Massachusetts Democrats seek end to Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy

Massachusetts Democrats seek end to Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy

He said word got around during President Obama's tenure that those who would illegally try and cross the border with a minor would "given immunity from prosecution".

Ms Nielsen was widely criticised on Sunday when she tweeted that her department does "not have a policy of separating families at the border".

France's government spokesman called imaged of the children "shocking" and of the policy that Europe and the United States did not share the same values.

Even Trump's own wife Melania, who herself is an immigrant, seemed to suggest that she was in opposition to her husband's policy on immigrants families.

Charlie Baker has also refused to send troops to the border, citing the "cruel and inhumane" separation of families.

Previously, border authorities often issued notices to appear in court to families apprehended crossing the border who claimed asylum, then released them. He said the USA has the worst immigration laws in the world. "Rather, its implementation and its execution are taking place exclusively at your direction, and the unfolding tragedy falls squarely on your shoulders".

"What's going on is very unfair to the people of our country", Trump said, adding again that his administration is taking care of illegal immigrants "by the thousands".

Audio obtained by the investigative news outlet ProPublica captures the harrowing cries of 10 Central American children when they were taken from their parents at the United States border by immigration authorities.

Chris Sosa is the Senior Editor at AlterNet.

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The White House said the daylong summit would also include a working lunch and a larger meeting involving aides to both leaders. But Pompeo's comments sought to reaffirm the high benchmark the USA is setting for Trump and Kim to reach an agreement.

"Mrs Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform", Mrs Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham said in a statement to CNN.

Rather, on April 6, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a formal "zero tolerance" prosecution policy, ordering US attorneys to criminally prosecute everyone apprehended at the border. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", wrote Bush in an opinion piece. "We need borders, we need security, we need safety", Mr. Trump said.

Kennedy acknowledged that addressing undocumented immigration is "a legitimately hard issue", but argued it's unacceptable for the USA government to target young children.

In the six weeks since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the zero tolerance policy, almost 2,000 minors have been separated from their families.

The president has sought to link an end to the family separations to passage of a wider bill on immigration matters, prompting Democrats to accuse him of using children as hostages.

Trump had, in a series of tweets on Tuesday, argued that without a border, there could be no country, saying, "If you don't have borders, you don't have a country!". "Nobody loves this idea of separating kids from parents but it's one bad option out of many bad options".

"I can't come up with an example of a time that a first lady's statement comes pretty close to contravening the West Wing", she told the Washington Post.

President Donald Trump has said that the U.S. would not become a "migrant camp" as his administration faced a backlash for its practice of separating the children of illegal immigrants from their parents. Because House Speaker Paul Ryan has repeatedly said he will not consider a bill that Trump will not sign, all eyes are now on the president. "Children belong with their families", he said.

"We are a better country than one that tears families apart", she said.

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