'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 20, 2018

But let's come up to the present time - With Attorney General Jeff Sessions deriding longtime USA immigration practices as "catch and release".

President TrumpDonald John TrumpConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary Trump defends Nielsen amid criticism over family separations MORE on Wednesday postponed this year's Congressional picnic, citing the discussions over immigration policy and his administration's practice of separating families at the border.

Nielsen said Monday that agents are not acting cruelly, but are enforcing the laws passed by Congress.

Although it was unclear if this is what Mr Trump is signing, he said he would be "signing something" and said he wants to keep families together.

Obviously, pounding away at illegal immigration-from the day he came down the Trump Tower escalator-worked well for the president in the last campaign. He did not elaborate.

His resistance suggests Republicans will struggle to find an honorable exit from an issue that's playing poorly for them amid wall-to-wall coverage from a hostile press corps, denunciations from religious leaders, and official protests from foreign countries.

"Thousands of children are being forcibly removed from their parents by our government".

"We don't want families to be separated", Pence said.

At least 2,300 of these youngsters have been separated from their parents since April, when President Donald Trump's administration launched its "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

Speaking to small business owners on Tuesday, Trump signaled he was not open to a half-measure that protects families without delivering to Trump the rest of his immigration wish list.

"Who are these people?" asked Trump. I want a more competitive economy.

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Still, Trump, a voracious watcher of cable news who is especially attuned to the power of images, appeared to acknowledge later Tuesday that the optics could be doing damage. "Mexico does nothing for us", charged Trump.

Mexico weighed in before Trump's speech, with a strong rebuke.

On Tuesday Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso said the practice was "cruel and inhuman".

But the network later reported that Trump could also take executive action.

Steve Schmidt, then an adviser to Republican presidential nominee John McCain, speaks with reporters in NY on September 24, 2008.

The act does not mandate family separations.

In 2016, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that child migrants who came to the border with parents and were held in custody must be released. It is not clear that either piece of legislation has enough votes to win passage. Mr Trump's administration has launched a "zero tolerance" approach to these crossings, meaning everyone who passes is sent for criminal proceedings. While leaders had long said that the conservative bill likely wouldn't pass, the question is whether they can convince members to get behind a compromise bill, which includes $25 billion in border security funding including money for the wall, a path to citizenship for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and a fix to address in part family separations at the border.

An audio recording purported to feature Central American children separated from their parents sobbing and wailing has also struck a nerve.

Since children can not be sent to the facilities where their parents are held, they are separated from them.

The measure does not provide a limit on the amount of time children can be detained along with their parents, but federal "family residential standards", laid out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, would apply to facilities used to detain families, according to another House Republican aide involved in immigration talks.

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