DHS Secy: Trump Administration Did Not Create Policy That Separates Families

Homeland Security chief defends separating families at border

Nielsen, who faced questions from reporters about the Trump administration's actions on Monday, repeatedly defended the administration's actions and said the government has high standards for detention centres and the children are well cared for. At one point, NY magazine's Olivia Nuzzi played audio, published by ProPublica earlier, that recorded border patrol agents mocking weeping child migrants separated by their parents.

Elected officials from MA are calling out President Donald Trump's top Homeland Security official for her defense of the administration's decision to separate immigrant children from their families at the border. "For those seeking asylum at ports of entry, we have continued the policy from previous administrations and will only separate if the child is in danger, there is no custodial relationship between "family" members, or if the adult has broken a law". Is there another story you'd like us to VERIFY?

"If we close the loopholes, we can keep the families together", she said, adding that the administration has repeatedly called on Congress to do so.

Compounding Nielsen's false statement were reports that children separated at the border were being held in an old warehouse in south Texas, behind metal fencing that resembled cages. "We are a country of compassion, we are a country of heart". There's videos, there's TVs, I visited the detention centers myself. Nielsen says agents are not acting cruelly, but are enforcing the laws passed by Congress.

An Alabama bishop for the United Methodist Church has called on Congress and the President Donald Trump administration to reunite immigrant families that have been separated.

By the administration's own count, almost 2,000 children were separated from 1,940 adults in the six-week period from April 19 through May 31.

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"As long as illegal entry remains a criminal offense, DHS will not look the other way", Nielsen said.

"It is important to note that these minors are very well taken care of - don't believe the press - they are very well taken care of", Nielsen said. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), or those out of office, like former First Lady Laura Bush.

How is this not specifically child abuse for these innocent children who are indeed being separated from their parents? "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 Thursday.

Nielsen argued that some children are separated from their parents when they fail to provide documentation proving the familial relationship.

So some families were released in the USA before their immigration cases were heard. Her choice implicitly was either to quit or to clench her jaw and oversee a policy that would prove to him how far she's willing to go in the name of zero tolerance. Senators Susan Collins and Jeff Flake wrote to White House officials on Saturday seeking more information on the policy.

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