Trump balks at immigration critics

Saul Bowman
June 20, 2018

President Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, almost 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and guardians and placed into holding facilities between April 19 and May 31 of this year, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Briefly referring to the administration's controversial child separation policy, Mr. Trump said, "We're stuck with these awful laws".

Speaking on Tuesday morning (AEST), the president blamed Democrats blocking his immigration policy for the separations and declared he would keep the United States from becoming "a migrant camp".

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon said President Donald Trump doesn't need to "justify" the policy of separating children from parents who are caught illegally crossing the southern USA border because the it is part of the administration's "zero tolerance" approach on illegal immigration.

On Sunday, Democratic lawmakers visited a detention centre outside New York City and headed to Texas to inspect facilities where children have been detained.

They jostled around while being careful not to step on the Army green bed-shaped cushions that lined the floors or slip on the foil-like Mylar space blankets they use at night. "Good for the children, good for the country, good for the world". "We believe the "Zero Tolerance" directive issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is cruel, immoral and outrageous". Republicans are pushing a broader approach that ties the family separation issue to other immigration policies. Trump tweeted Monday. "It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Border Security and Crime".

She was reacting to the first public images from the border, images provided by the government of young male immigrants, some held in chain-link cages. "Not on my watch".

"We ran on a policy, very simply, stop mass illegal immigration and limit legal immigration, get our sovereignty back, and to help our workers, OK?"

He said the U.S. has the worst immigration laws in the world.

Almost 2,000 children have been separated from their parents in the six week following the administration's announcement of a "zero-tolerance policy" against illegal border crossings. Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway slammed the policy of separating children from their parents during an appearance on NBC News, saying she doesn't like it. Accompanying children are dispatched to separate detention centers under the policy that has come under increasing criticism nationwide.

Speaking at the same conference, Mr Sessions called on Congress to pass Mr Trump's immigration legislation if it wanted to end the separations.

"Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country". It won't be. You look at what's happening in Europe; you look at what's happening in other places.

The White House also has interpreted a 1997 legal agreement and a 2008 bipartisan anti-human-trafficking bill as requiring the separation of families - a position not taken by the George W. Bush or Obama administrations.

President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy that separates families at the US-Mexico border was the work of White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller.

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