Dayton, Swanson challenge 'immoral' border separations of families

Geraldine Edwards
June 20, 2018

A Chicago protest against child separation policy.

U.S. House Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is calling for the administration to halt the separation of families. "Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!"

"The president could pick up the phone tonight and stop this policy of separating children from their parents", Ingraham said, asking what the "real truth" is.

The separations are a outcome of a Trump administration policy to maximize criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the US illegally.

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Democratic Representative Marcia Fudge of Cleveland was travelling back to Washington on Tuesday but released the following statement to Fox 8, " Anyone with a soul can see how separating families and detaining children for weeks in warehouses is inhumane.

Despite the heart-crushing images of these youngsters, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended this practice.

The fact notwithstanding that many Germans find any comparison to the Holocaust anathema, considering it an event so singular and horrific that making analogies to it is disrepectful to its victims, the reaction in Germany is sure to be one of swift condemnation, just as it was to Trump's tweet about crime on Monday.

"The U.S. Justice Department is ignoring its legal and moral obligation for the sake of a political agenda at the expense of children and the efforts of state law enforcement officials combating crimes like human trafficking, drug trafficking and gang violence which operate across worldwide borders", Balderas said in a statement.

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"Parents who entered illegally are, by definition, criminals", she said.

On Tuesday, Politico explicitly backed the former US attorneys by stating that "there is no law requiring families be separated at the border, only a policy established by the Trump administration that could just as easily be rescinded".

"All we need is good legislation and we can have it taken care of and we have to get the democrats to go ahead and work with us". "We can not and will not encourage people to bring children by giving them blanket immunity from our laws".

Under the policy, all unlawful crossings are referred for prosecution - a process that moves adults to the custody of the US Marshals Service and sends many children to facilities run by the country's Department of Health and Human Services.

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I live in a border state. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", she wrote. Previous administrations dealt with illegal entry through civil proceedings so families could be kept together, at least for a limited time.

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