President Trump doubled down on his administration's practice of separating illegal immigrant families at the Mexican border yesterday, saying the United States "will not be a migrant camp", as outrage mounted with MA officials blasting the policy and demanding immediate change.
The president went to the U.S. Capitol Tuesday evening to speak with the Republican Party conference of the House of Representatives.
U.S. officials say more than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents or guardians since early May, when the administration announced its push to arrest and charge anyone illegally crossing the U.S. -Mexico border, regardless of whether they were seeking asylum.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen was flying back from a weekend trip to Texas, where he inspected facilities on the front lines of the Trump administration policy. Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very unsafe trip, and only 2000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our Country illegally on numerous occasions. Crime in Germany is way up.
"You look at what's happening in Europe, you look at what's happening in other places, we can't allow that to happen to the United States".
In a morning tweet, Trump used language evoking images of pests, not human beings, when describing migrants approaching the United States border. "Don't wait until after the election because you are going to lose!"
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Mr Trump has derided that practice as "catch and release", arguing that numerous immigrants never appear for court proceedings. Demonstrators gather outside the Massachusetts State House in Boston to protest against the Trump administration policy.
The president has sought to link an end to the family separations to passage of a wider bill on immigration matters, prompting Democrats to accuse him of using children as hostages.
President Donald Trump is defending without apology his administration's border-protection policies in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents.
It requires the government to release rather than detain children caught trying to enter the US and exempts them from an immediate return to their home countries.
Under the administration's current policy, all unlawful crossings are referred for prosecution - a process that moves adults to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and sends many children to facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: "I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law".
More than 1,100 people were inside the large, dark facility, which was divided into separate wings for unaccompanied children, adults on their own, and parents with children. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Her bill would prohibit the separation of migrant children from their parents, with exceptions for findings of child abuse or trafficking.
Since children can not be sent to the facilities where their parents are held, they are separated from them. "They're in schools. They're in the police", she said.
On Tuesday, Trump is due to meet with congressional Republicans to discuss options for immigration legislation that might bring the practice to an end.