2,000 children separated from families in immigration crackdown

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Speaking to reporters on Friday, DHS said that 1,995 children had been separated from 1,940 adults from April 19 through May 31.

"The policy now being enacted where children are being separated from their parents even when they're applying for asylum, we want that to stop", said Acosta.

The administration's "zero tolerance" policy, which was announced by the Department of Justice in April, separates children from their parents or legal guardians because the adults have been referred to DHS for prosecution for illegal entry into the United States.

The Trump administration policy is to first charge them with a crime - illegally crossing the border - before processing their asylum claims.

On Sunday, John Oliver joined the long line of critics of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy of separating children from their parents at the border.

Yes. While Trump's new immigration policy doesn't call for families to be separated, as pointed out by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the policy makes separations inevitable. Sessions has described the policy as a deterrent to families attempting to enter the USA illegally.

If someone breaks the law of the land, he says, they should anticipate that one of the consequences of their behavior will be separation from their children.

This week, House Republicans pitched a draft immigration legislation that would end the separation of children and parents at the border. "That's their law", Trump said. Let me at least expand Mr. Sessions' index of proof-texts with two more: one from the Old Testament, one from the New. The Trump administration is now fingerprinting family members wishing to take in the unaccompanied children, and it wants to share other information it has about the children's families with the Department of Homeland Security.

No information was given on the age of the separated children.

On Thursday, Sessions cited the Bible in defending his policy, arguing the recent criticisms were not 'fair or logical and some are contrary to law'.

While Trump has transparent contempt for his Attorney General because he recused himself from the Russian Federation probe and put the President in jeopardy, the White House backed Sessions' invocation of religion for the immigration measures.

Her organization has joined with Arizona religious leaders to condemn the family separations. "Well I guess what she's saying is the president could just issue a directive that everybody that enters the country unlawfully be released into the country and never be apprehended or stopped or prosecuted for the illegal entry", Session responded.

"We can not and will not encourage people to bring children by giving them blanket immunity from our laws", he said.

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