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Offbeat Pelosi: Trump administration policy separating parents and children at border 'barbaric'

20:26  14 june  2018
20:26  14 june  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

AP FACT CHECK: Trump blames Dems for border separations

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump blames Dems for border separations President Donald Trump is falsely claiming that "bad legislation passed by the Democrats" has forced his administration to separate children from the border, even though no such law exists. TRUMP'S TWEETTrump tweeted Tuesday: "Separating families at the Border is the fault of bad legislation passed by the Democrats. Border Security laws should be changed but the Dems can't get their act together! Started the Wall."THE FACTSNo law mandates that parents must be separated from their children at the border, and it's not a policy Democrats have pushed or can change alone as the minority in Congress.

“Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there parents once they cross the Border ,” he tweeted. There is only his new policy of zero tolerance. Trump has no shame, though hopefully the country as a whole will find its own and stop this barbarism at the

Trump Administration Will Separate Parents From Children at Border . The Los Angeles Times reports that the policy officially went into effect last week, though hundreds of children have already been taken from their parents in recent months.

WASHINGTON — Amid reports of migrant children being separated from their parents at the southern U.S. border, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called the administration's actions "barbaric," as Speaker Paul Ryan said the situation called for a legislative fix.

"To the barbaric and unacceptable policy of ripping children from the arms of their parents at the border...barbaric. That's not American. It's not faith-based," said Pelosi, D-Calif., at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

Cruz defends Trump policy of family separation

  Cruz defends Trump policy of family separation Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is defending the Trump administration's policy of separating migrants from their children when they are apprehended at the border, saying it can't be avoided when people illegally cross the border. "There's actually a court order that prevents keeping the kids with the parents when you put the parents in jail," Cruz told the Dallas publ"There's actually a court order that prevents keeping the kids with the parents when you put the parents in jail," Cruz told the Dallas public radio station KERA on Monday, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News.

And remember, family separation is so barbaric that even Trump has tried to blame it on Democrats. “Let me be clear: there is no law requiring this Administration to separate children from their parents —Attorney General Sessions and Secretary Nielsen are choosing to tear families apart

Florida Senator Marco Rubio pushed back on the Trump administration 's new policy of separating parents and children at the border in a Sunday interview, saying the practice puts migrants through "additional trauma.".

Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, said at his weekly press conference Thursday that he's not comfortable with the policy, but said that it's a result of a court ruling that he said "ought to be addressed."

"We don't want kids to be separated from their parents," Ryan said when asked by NBC's Kasie Hunt if the policy is inhumane. "We believe that because of the court ruling, this will require a legislative change."

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the media during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill, June 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. © Mark Wilson/Getty Images Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the media during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill, June 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. Current law does not proscribe a policy of separating children from their parents.

Pelosi disagreed with Ryan that the "zero tolerance policy" requires legislation and suggested that the administration could quickly lift this policy unilaterally since it instituted it in the first place.

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Egregious, shameless lying from Trump this morning: “I don’t like the children being separated from the parents . This is a Trump administration policy , and one that he’s desperate to disown in name only, because he could easily end what those evil Democrats are supposedly making

Apparently for the Trump administration , it’s not enough to tear children from the arms of migrant parents as a matter of official policy . ‘Egregious, shameless lying’: Trump again tries to blame barbaric family separation on Democrats.

"This was an act of the administration. They had been planning this for a while," Pelosi said. "I don't see any prospect for any legislation here."

NBC's Jacob Soboroff, one of the first reporters granted access to a facility in Texas housing migrant children, one of the biggest in the nation, said that what he witnessed in the Brownsville, Texas location looked more like incarceration than a temporary shelter.

At the prayer breakfast, Ryan said that everyone is committed to "fixing this utterly broken immigration system."

"My goal has always been to have a lasting solution — not just some temporary patch, but a lasting solution so that that we can address the sincere problem that the DACA kids are facing and so that we can address it so that we don't have another DACA five, 10 years down the road," said Ryan.

A compromise House GOP immigration bill that's currently being drafted for a floor vote next week is expected to include language that would prevent children from being separated from parents at the border, NBC News reported Wednesday. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., one of the moderate Republicans involved in negotiations over the legislation, said the provision will be part of the text of the measure. A senior GOP aide confirmed the provision to NBC and said Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., briefed House Republicans last week that it would be included in any bill that's considered.

Poll: Majority of Republicans back family separation policy

  Poll: Majority of Republicans back family separation policy A majority of Republicans support the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents when they are caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a Quinnipiac University poll found. Republican voters support the policy 55 to 35 percent, according to the poll released on Monday. They are the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial group to support the policy, according to Quinnipiac.Sixty-six percent of American voters oppose the policy, according to the poll.

The Trump administration has decided to refer every person caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution, a policy that could result in the separation of far more parents from their children at the border .

Under the new policy , migrant children separated from their parents are treated as if they had arrived on their own. Schumer, Pelosi Go Ballistic After Trump Reverses G7 Communique Endorsement. 'How Dare You!'

Late Tuesday, moderate Republicans reached a deal with conservatives to allow two votes on the House floor next week — one on the compromise bill and one on a conservative bill sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. The agreed-upon strategy was the result of a discharge petition, which failed to garner 218 signatures by the Tuesday deadline in order to trigger immigration floor votes this month.

Ryan said Thursday that he would not predict how much support the compromise measure would receive. "We can't guarantee passage," he said — but that even so, "the last thing we want to do is have an exercise in futility like a discharge petition."

A number of religious leaders have blasted the administration for the policy separating children from their parents. The Evangelical Immigration Table, made up of multiple evangelical groups, wrote to President Trump earlier this month asking that the administration reverse its policy.

"We respectfully ask you to work with Attorney General Sessions and Secretary Nielsen to reverse this 'zero tolerance' policy and instead urge law enforcement entities to exercise discretion to protect the unity of families," they said.

This week, Rev. Franklin Graham said in an interview on Christian Broadcasting Network, "I think it's disgraceful, it's terrible to see families ripped apart and I don't support that one bit," though the Trump supporter blamed lawmakers for failing to fully address border policy in recent years.

US must stop separating migrant children from parents: UN .
The United Nations on Tuesday urged Washington to immediately halt its controversial practice of separating asylum-seeking Central American immigrant children from their parents at the southern border. The UN rights office said it was "deeply concerned" over the "zero tolerance" policy introduced by the administration of US President Donald Trump in a bid to deter illegal immigration.

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