Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Border policy fuels backlash against Trump

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Border policy fuels backlash against Trump

An irate President Trump on Tuesday defied mounting bipartisan pressure to end his zero-tolerance policy of taking migrant children away from their parents - and charged that Democrats want "illegal immigrants" to "infest" the US.

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. Enacted earlier this year, the administration's policy dictates that every adult caught illegally crossing the USA southern border face criminal prosecution.

Almost 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May.

"She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart", her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told CNN.

"The first thing is to see if we agree and the second thing then is to see how you process it", he said. In reality, contrary to Trump's tweet, Germany's overall crime rate is at its lowest since 1992, its interior minister said in May. The move has resulted in the USA government sending thousands of children to holding camps around the country, images of which have sparked worldwide outrage, even from within Trump's own party.

Democrats have accused Mr Trump of effectively turning the children into political hostages to secure stricter immigration measures, such as funding for a US-Mexico border wall.

Pointing to reports that the administration expects to take hundreds of children at the border "every day for the next two months", Markey called Tuesday for passage of the Democrat-backed bill.

The policy reportedly led DHS to separate about 2,000 children from their parents, as children are not allowed in adult criminal detention facilities.

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The Trump administration insists the family separations are required under the law. "Where is the outcry for permanent separation when one of these people come to the country, commit a crime, kill an American citizen with their own hand or via the drugs they distribute, no one comes to their defense?"

Agents running the controversial facilities have said everyone detained is given adequate food, access to showers and laundered clothes, as well as medical care.

Heartbreaking cries of youngsters calling for their parents in tears can be heard on the tape, reportedly released by a whistleblower at one of the border camps.

Mr. Trump will later meet with Republican members of Congress on Capitol Hill Tuesday where he is expected to discuss ongoing efforts on immigration legislation, among other topics.

Top conservatives, including key Trump allies, have introduced bills to keep the migrant families together. Sen.

"When countries abuse us by sending people up - not their best - we're not going to give any more aid to those countries", he said.

GOP senators including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME also said they've been discussing family separation legislation.

A chorus of critics - rights groups, Christian evangelicals, former US first ladies and some within the president's own Republican party - are demanding an immediate end to the family separations.

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