Dem senator: Family separation is 'official kidnapping and child abuse'

Dem senator: Family separation is 'official kidnapping and child abuse'

A senior official at the US agency charged with caring for migrant children believed separating them from their parents carried "significant risk" of harm and said on Tuesday concerns had been raised internally before the Trump administration made it official policy.

Cmdr. Jonathan White of the U.S. Public Health Service, which has helped in the reunification of families, testified that it is his "heartfelt conviction that we must reunify these children with their parents".

White said he was told that "there was no policy that was going to result in separation of children from family units". A congressional aide said the White House had sent a similar message to Capitol Hill amid widespread anxiety about a potential shutdown as Republicans face tough re-election fights. The parents of these children were deported without their kids.

WASHINGTON - Immigration officials defended the integrity of their agencies' handling of family separations at the border, with one witness telling a Senate panel Tuesday that Border Patrol agents don't leave their "humanity behind when we report for duty".

In a letter, Sens.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said there's been more progress on spending legislation at this point in the process than in years and said Trump "seemed to be on board" in a previous conversation about the committee's progress.

A Department of Health and Human Services official told senators Tuesday that his agency had warned the Trump administration that separating families would be risky for children.

The senators' letter, based on articles by The Associated Press and other news organizations, says the allegations suggest "a long-term pattern" of mistreatment. Those reports describe claims of abuse over the last few years. The Senate bill in contrast, allots $1.6 billion for fencing in the Rio Grande Valley and border security technology.

Some 2,500 children were separated from their parents as part of Republican President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy toward illegal immigration. In addition, Trump wants to end the practice of releasing immigrants caught entering the country illegally on the condition that they show up for court hearings, along with shifting the US immigration system to one based more on individual merit and less on family ties.

The administration officials at the hearing did not explain why children were not reunited with parents who were being deported or released.

But demands by Trump, voiced as recently as during a news conference Monday, have put those well-laid plans in doubt. With the parents of over 400 children deported while their sons and daughters continue to be held in United States custody, the Trump Administration's actions seem more and more like those of traffickers, the news release stated.

White drew high praise earlier this month from the federal judge who ordered the Trump administration to reunite all separated children.

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There are now 334 immigration judges, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has tried to hire 84 more in the past year and is trying to hire even more. Many of them had crossed the U.S. "It's time we had proper border security".

Democrats blasted the administration policies, but some Republicans like Iowa Sen. On Monday, Trump added that he has no "red line" in those discussions, but emphasized that he wants "great border security".

"I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle towards closing loopholes and improving our immigration system, as well as finding humane ways to address the influx of immigrants into our country", Cuellar added.

"The odds are obviously very low that Congress is going to find a path forward on any controversial issues, particularly on immigration", Johnson said.

Defending conditions in the holding facilities, Albence said, "With regard to the FRCs (Family Residential Centers), I think the best way to describe them would be like a summer camp".

Ur Jaddou, director of DHS Watch, an advocacy group that monitors the government's immigration enforcement actions, said the administration should restart, and invest more heavily in, those programs because they cost a fraction of the cost of detention and have proven to be effective at getting immigrants to court.

-538 parents cleared and awaiting transportation.

With his record on Russian Federation under scrutiny, President Donald Trump is insisting that the United States will not lift sanctions against Moscow.

A series of court rulings and USA laws prevent the government from keeping minors in prisons or detention centers for longer than 20 days.

-130 parents waived reunification.

The government is continuing to reunite families after Sabraw ordered the administration to do so in response to a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

That number includes children whose parents were deported, children whose parents were released into the interior and children who were deemed ineligible for family reunification due to other factors, he said.

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