Five things to know about US child migrant separations

Tuesday, 19 Jun, 2018

The administration doesn't have a family separation policy, though the zero tolerance policy announced last month, which brings criminal charges against migrants who jump the border, can lead to separations. "I hate it. I hate to see separation of parents and children".

However, there is conflicting information circulating about whether all kids are being separated at the border.

Former first lady Laura Bush - Jeb Bush's sister-in-law - penned an op-ed in The Washington Post that was highly critical of the current Republican administration. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", Bush said on Twitter as she shared her column. "We will not apologize for the job we do or for the job law enforcement does", she said.

Since then, Nielsen and President Trump have sought to distance the administration from the images of crying children being taken away from their parents.

"We are a better country than one that tears families apart", she said. He also tweeted in all caps, "CHANGE THE LAWS!"

President Donald Trump has said that the USA 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.

Even so, the questions kept coming, and Nielsen was asked at one point, "how is this not specifically child abuse for these innocent children who are, indeed, being separated from their parents?" But Mr Sessions and others have referred to a policy of prosecuting adults for illegal border crossings.

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

And on Monday, Nielsen herself underscored the stricter policy. "Illegal actions have and must have consequences. No more free passes, no more get out of jail free cards", she emphasized.

The policy has come under intense criticism from across the ideological spectrum, from Sen. Nielsen said. "Why would I ever create a policy that purposely does that?"

How many families have been separated?

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What happens to the children?

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The children are passed into the care of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the British Broadcasting Corporation reports.

Southwest Key Programs, a company that recently made headlines after an OR senator was denied entry at one of its facilities in Brownsville, Texas, is one of the largest operators in Texas. "They can go to our ports of entry if they want to claim asylum".

"The Attorney General directed United States Attorneys on the Southwest Border to prosecute all amenable adults who illegally enter the country, including those accompanied by their children, for 8 U.S.C. § 1325 (a), illegal entry".

There is abuse of the asylum system, though it is hard to tell how much. "The vast majority, vast, vast majority of children who are in the care of H.H.S. right now - 10,000 of the 12,000 - were sent here alone by their parents".

At the moment Donald Trump says he won't support those plans, although on social media he has called for all politicians to work together to find a solution.

Stefanie Herweck stands with other protesters in front of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector's Centralized Processing Center on Sunday, June 17, 2018, in McAllen, Texas.

"We detained them together". Almost 2,000 children were taken away from their parents in a six-week period ending last month under the new Trump administration policy.

"For the 20 percent who truly need asylum, they are mired in the yearslong backlog and remain in limbo", she argued. And court rulings eventually required the administration to end some of the extended detentions of parents and children. They can not take their children to court.

He pointed to the Obama administration policy derided by Republicans as "catch and release".

Sessions responded to a Texan archbishop's criticism of the policy last week by citing a verse from the Book of Romans that says God ordained laws from the government "for the goal of order".