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Homeland Security chief denies policy separates families at border

Homeland Security chief denies policy separates families at border

The Department of Homeland Security said last week that almost 2,000 immigrant children had been separated from their parents over a span of six weeks after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the new "zero tolerance" policy.

Calling the United States a "compassionate country", she said Monday that the nation historically welcomed millions of refugees and told asylum-seekers to find a port of entry.

At a White House briefing, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said her agency would not apologize and defended the treatment of children.

Clinton also the former first lady Laura Bush was "absolutely right" when she wrote in an op-ed article in The Washington Post over the weekend: "This zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral and it breaks my heart".

The crisis has centered primarily around a Trump administration policy to detain undocumented child migrants in facilities separate from their parents. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart", the statement read. And yet, she kicked off the presser citing stats: "Since this time past year, there has been a 325% increase in unaccompanied alien children and a 435% increase in family units entering the country illegally". "Every parent who has ever held a child in their arms, every human being with a sense of compassion and decency, should be outraged".

"Parents who entered illegally are by definition criminals ... by entering our country illegally often in risky circumstances, illegal immigrants have put their children at risk", she stoutly insisted. Nobody has such sad, such bad and actually, in many cases, such frightful and tough - you see about child separation, you see what's going on there. We need borders, we need security.

Nielsen said she had not heard the controversial audio first published by ProPublica that made rounds on Monday, purportedly captured at a immigration detention center last week.

Mrs Trump, who moved from her native Slovenia to the United States where she married her husband in 2005, often campaigns on behalf of children.

As of Monday morning, though, Trump was back on Twitter himself and, though he didn't address Nielsen's comments directly, he did address the issue but in the most horrendous way, continuing to blame Democrats. "The Democrats have to change their law - that's their law". "So as expected, they were traumatized and that was manifested in many behaviors", Davidson said in an interview with ABC News. She said immigrants will continue to seek asylum unless their home countries see major change.

The website also includes a PDF flyer titled Next Steps for Families which details how a parent can locate their detained child, but doesn't supply any instructions on how to be reunited with the child. He said border policies "can be taken care of very quickly" if Democrats "come to the table" to negotiate with the majority Republicans, who themselves are divided over immigration issues. "They're given scripts to read by liberals, according to the New Yorker", the quote from Coulter, liked by Trump Jr., read.

Democrats have accused Mr Trump of effectively turning the children into political hostages to secure stricter immigration measures, such as funding for a US-Mexico border wall.


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