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DHS: Nearly 2,000 Children Taken Under Trump’s New Border Policy

17 Juin 2018

US President Donald Trump has calculated that he will gain political leverage in congressional negotiations by continuing to enforce a policy he claims to hate - separating immigrant parents from their young children at the southern border, according to White House officials.

Yet for George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the idea of crying children torn from their parents' arms was simply too inhumane - and too politically perilous - to embrace as policy, and Trump, though he had made an immigration crackdown one of the central issues of his campaign, succumbed to the same reality, publicly dropping the idea after Kelly's comments touched off a swift backlash.

Jennifer Podkul is director of policy at Kids in Need of Defence, which represents children in immigration court.

The U.S. separated about 1,995 children from their parents and detained them between mid-April and May 31, according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for their care. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has introduced a bill in the Senate focused narrowly on ending the child separations, but it has not yet attracted any Republican support. The 1,940 adults accompanying those children are being held for criminal prosecution.

The new figures are for people who tried to enter the US between official border crossings.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in early May that officials would separate parents and children who are caught illegally crossing the border while prosecuting the parents for a federal misdemeanor.

Trump plans to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss pending immigration legislation amid an election-season debate over an issue that helped vault the NY real estate mogul into the Oval Office in 2016.

Trump caused controversy among some Democrats in May when he described MS-13 gang members as "animals".

What became clear earlier this year is that these are not outliers involving a small number of over-zealous border agents; they are the direct and deliberate product of official United States government policy. "I hate it. I hate to see separation of parents and children". These Americans will have the opportunity in November to throw out politicians who cheer the monstrous policy of child separation.

According to ABC News, more than two dozen of the largest religious groups in the USA have asked the Trump administration to revoke the zero-tolerance policy and stop separating families.

Realizing the emotional resonance of the issue, House Republican leaders inserted a provision to block the Department of Homeland Security from separating parents and children in an immigration bill expected to be debated this week. Even if the House did vote on and approve impeachment, a two-thirds super-majority of senators would have to convict the president for him to be removed from office, which has never occurred in USA history. They argued that children fleeing violence and persecution in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras will continue to come to the United States and remain in government custody longer, costing taxpayers more money. The Democrats have to change their law.

"I'm looking at both of them", Trump told Fox News.

The measure, which was drafted with White House input, would also stop the practice of family separation, but not the detentions, and applies only to those families that arrive at the border seeking asylum.

DHS: Nearly 2,000 Children Taken Under Trump’s New Border Policy