2,000 Families Separated After Being Caught Crossing Border Illegally

2,000 Families Separated After Being Caught Crossing Border Illegally

Mr Trump has made opposition to immigration a focal point of his presidency.

Such a situation could have long-term, devastating effects on young children, who are likely to develop what's called toxic stress in their brain once separated from caregivers or parents they trusted.

The additional child detentions - reportedly including babies and toddlers - have resulted in some shelters and foster homes reporting that they are running out of space.

WASHINGTON - Nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the USA border over a six-week period during a crackdown on illegal entries, according to Department of Homeland Security figures obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

"Compromising on the rule of law to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants is the wrong path to take", she said of the House plan.

"From the experience of previous administrations, it does not act as a deterrent to use children in this fashion", Collins said, stressing that the practice is "traumatizing" for the children, who are "innocent victims".

"No nation can have the policy that whole classes of people are immune from immigration law or enforcement", Miller told the Times. Senators Susan Collins and Jeff Flake wrote to White House officials on Saturday seeking more information on the policy. That's yet another concern child advocates now have since the Trump administration is requiring fingerprints of sponsors and their household members and will turn that data over to the immigration agency in charge of deportations. "We all knew what the problem was", Kraft said. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but governs with heart".

Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, who is challenging Sen. None spoke in support of the bill.

"House Republicans are not going to take on immigration without the support and endorsement of President Trump", said Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., the GOP's chief deputy vote counter.


Trump plans to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss pending immigration legislation amid an election-season debate over an issue that helped vault the NY real estate mogul into the Oval Office in 2016.

The little girl is among the multitude of immigrant children who have been separated from their family as part of the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" policy, where any adult who crosses the border illegally will face criminal prosecution. However, there is no law mandating the separation of families. After listing his demands in any immigration bill, he added "Go for it!" The president has been anything but conciliatory on the matter.

DHS said between April 19 and May 31, there were 1,995 children separated from 1,940 adults at the southwest border.

In an effort to rebut criticism of the administration, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Sunday repeated in a tweet the department's view: "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border".

Trump has also blamed Democrats for the migrants' continued plight, citing their refusal to accept a bill that would fully fund the border wall and end family reunification visas.

To Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the administration is "using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build our wall". "I think it's incumbent upon our elected officials to monitor this and I feel confident that once people see it and see how people are being held in virtual cages, that will stop this immoral practice".

While the Department of Homeland Security says it's put in place a zero-tolerance policy, it denied it was separating asylum seekers.

"This administration has made it clear that we are not going to ignore the law any longer", the official said.

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