US 'Will Not Be a Migrant Camp'

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said there was no agency policy of separating families at the bord

Nielsen continued: "For those seeking asylum at ports of entry, we have continued the policy from previous Administrations and will only separate if the child is in danger, there is no custodial relationship between "family" members, or if the adult has broken a law".

The policy has sparked widespread backlash, particularly after ProPublica published audio of almost a dozen immigrant children sobbing and crying for their parents while being held in an immigration detention facility, as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents mocked them. 'The government should be in the business of keeping families together, not tearing them apart, ' she said, NBC reported.

Nielsen said she hadn't heard the recordings, and in a follow-up was asked if that is the "image of children that you want out there".

Several Democrats have charged that Trump is attempting to use the children's plight as leverage to force them to accept changes to immigration law they oppose, including construction of a wall on the Mexican border and curbing legal immigration.

The audio clip is heartwrenching and captures the emotion of every child that has to face the cruel punishment for parents immigrating ways. Nielsen said. "Why would I ever create a policy that purposely does that?"

Critics insist DHS has discretion regarding the separation of families, with some labeling the new "zero-tolerance" immigration policy referring all illegal entries to the Justice Department a form of child abuse. "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the goal of order", he said Thursday. We give them medical care.

So the last administration, the Obama administration, the Bush administration, all separated families at the - they absolutely did.

On Monday, speaking to the nation's sheriffs at a gathering in New Orleans, again defended the zero tolerance policy.

"DHS will faithfully execute the laws enacted by Congress, as we are sworn to do", she emoted. But Monday's statement marks the first time the Democratic senator has called for the DHS secretary's resignation, her office confirmed to CNN. This administration has a simple message: "If you cross the border illegally, we will prosecute you", Nielsen said earlier Monday. Is this the best way to handle families entering the USA illegally, seeking asylum?

"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility, it won't be", Trump said. "She said this is not being used as a pawn for legislation, yet that's exactly what the President said it was, that this was legislative leverage". "So we don't have a balanced view of what's happening". She is the first lawmaker to call on Nielsen to step down.

When an illegally crossing parent is arrested and detained, any accompanying children can't also be charged and detained, so law enforcement authorities must provide separate quarters for them, pending resolution of their parent's status.

Some Republicans have split with the administration on the issue. Sen.

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