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Trump huddles with Republicans as backlash over family separations intensifies

20 Juin 2018

Bost is the only member of the IL delegation to back Trump, the Belleville News-Democrat reported, comparing the separation at the border to what might happen if a parent "were caught shoplifting at a local store and you had children with you".

"Obviously nobody wants to separate parents from children, because it's cruel".

In Washington, D.C., while Trump continues to falsely blame Democrats for his family separation policy, Republican senators, who have rarely taken on Trump, on Tuesday worked to defuse the growing crisis. The House leaders did so to thwart a petition drive launched earlier by moderate Republicans to get a vote for legislation to shield "Dreamers" from deportation.

"We finally have a president willing to work with Congress to solve this, and that's what this bill does", said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) said. Several people who were in the room said Trump told them that his daughter Ivanka spoke to him about needing to address the family separation issue.

The bill would add more federal immigration judges, authorise new temporary shelters to house migrant families, speed the processing of asylum cases and require that families that cross the border illegally to be kept together, if there is no criminal conduct or threats to the welfare of children.

"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform", spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said.

The Trump administration insists the family separations are required under the law.

Steven Wagner, a Trump appointee at HHS, said on Tuesday, "I don't know how many separated kids have been placed or reunited with parents".

Immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under a new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration, are being housed in tents next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, June 18, 2018.

"We must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally. Without a border, you don't have a country".

There are 100 sites scattered across 17 states.

Indeed, President Trump's latest thoughtless action and comments on immigration threaten to crush Republican momentum in the midterm elections. The change would loosen rules that now limit the amount of time minors can be held to 20 days, according to a GOP source familiar with the measure.

At the Tuesday rally, tech workers mixed with immigrants and activists, all horrified at the images of children being torn from their parents. Senate leaders are working through various proposals to find consensus as more and more Republicans are speaking out in sharp opposition to Trump.

GOP Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) has a good solution, one that is narrowly focused on the collateral damage resulting from zero-tolerance enforcement policy.

When they reach the border, many hope for asylum - a hard process that the Center for Public Integrity explored in a story about teenage girls and boys fleeing killings and extortion.

"While cases are pending, families should stay together", tweeted Senator Cruz, who is in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle.

In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the USA would prosecute everyone caught crossing illegally, a policy change which requires that children be separated from parents being held while they await trial.

"There's no need for legislation".

"Mr. President, you started it, you can stop it, plain and simple", Schumer told reporters.

Trump also accused the news media, through its reporting of the issue, of "helping the smugglers, these traffickers" who are exploiting legislative loopholes.

Trump also argued that undocumented immigrants were risking their children's lives, and he again warned about the dangers of the violent Central American gang MS-13.

But let's come up to the present time - With Attorney General Jeff Sessions deriding longtime USA immigration practices as "catch and release".

Trump huddles with Republicans as backlash over family separations intensifies