House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was asked about the Homeland Security secretary during a press conference in San Diego Monday, following a visit to immigrant detention facilities.
Appearing on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront", the OR senator, who had spent Father's Day touring Customs and Border Protection processing centers in the Rio Grande Valley, said that "if she's going to tell whoppers like that and keep repeating them, then she simply needs to step down". "The narratives we don't see are the narratives of the crime, of the opioids, of the smugglers, of people who are killed by gang members, of American children who are recruited and then, when they lose the drugs, they're Tased and beaten".
The audio clip is heartwrenching and captures the emotion of every child that has to face the cruel punishment for parents immigrating ways.
Rep. Joe Kennedy, who traveled to the United States-Mexico border in Texas on Sunday and participated in a protest at a facility where families were being forcibly separated, said Nielsen's statement didn't align with what he heard from local officials. Almost 2,000 minors have been separated from their families in the past six weeks since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a zero-tolerance policy where everyone caught crossing the border illegally will be prosecuted. Ed Markey tweeted late Sunday night in a response to Nielsen, adding that "you are directly responsible for unimaginable amounts of misery". They award contracts to licensed child-care providers to house them.
However, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in February claiming asylum seeking families are being separated.
CNN and Quinnipiac University each released polls on Monday showing that two-thirds of Americans oppose Trump's "zero tolerance" policy for border crossings that has led to children being taken from their parents.
Both bills would provide legal status to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, make sweeping changes to legal immigration, and boost US border security. The beginning of the unraveling of a democracy she said, is when the body that makes the laws, instead of changing the law, instead tells the enforcement body not to enforce the law.
"These children are not entering at points of entry, but unsafe places", Sessions said. But the "zero tolerance policy" results in unlawful immigrants being taken into federal criminal custody, at which point their children are considered unaccompanied alien minors and taken away. Do you know someone else we should interview for this story? Is this the best way to handle families entering the US illegally, seeking asylum?
"The ports of entry for those seeking asylum have been blocked", he said.
At least 2,700 children have reportedly been separated from the parents at the border between Oct, 2017 and May 2018.
The DHS made a step-by-step guide for detained adults who are trying to reach their children called "Next Steps for Families".
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