Stop separating children and parents at the border

Mexican girl Nicole Hernandez holds on to her mother as they wait with other families to request political asylum in the

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is defending the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy of separating children from parents who have crossed the U.S. -Mexico border illegally, tweeting a series of messages on Sunday that disputed the existence of the policy.

Top White House adviser Kellyanne Conway claimed on Sunday she and other Donald Trump aides dislike the practice of separating children from their parents at the border - but she denied the fact that the controversial situation results from a Trump administration policy shift.

Last month, Nielsen told NPR that her agency is merely enforcing existing laws, and that criticism of the zero tolerance policy "is inappropriate and unacceptable".

A new policy, unveiled by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April, calls for "zero-tolerance" for immigrants who illegally enter the US along the Mexican border. "It is now time that Congress act to fix our broken immigration system", Nielsen said.

At an impromptu news gathering at the North Lawn Friday, Trump said he, too, "hates" separating parents and children.

Fox News has always been accused of parroting messages from President Donald Trump, Indeed, the network's top-rated host Sean Hannity reportedly speaks with Trump by phone regularly, to the extent that some administration officials have labeled him the "unofficial chief of staff".

Sessions said the children "are taken care of", at an "enormous cost". The senators asked for details on when children are separated from their parents, what the objective of doing so is, and how many children have been separated during the asylum claim process. Almost 2,000 migrant children - 1,995 - were separated from 1,940 adults between April 19 and May 31, after being caught illegally crossing the border, a Department of Homeland Security official told reporters during a conference call Friday. "They're claiming it addressed separations, but clearly, when you put that in a bill that funds a wall and won't get Democratic votes, they don't have a serious plan", said Rep. Marc Pocan, D-Wis. We will not apologize for doing our job. "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border".

In describing the Trump administration's horrendous policy of seizing the young children of Central American migrants crossing into the United States at the Mexican border, we must agree with Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr.: The policy is evil, pure and simple.

Under US law, children in detention centers are required to be turned over within three days to shelters funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Previous regulations saw those attempting to enter the USA with children referred to immigration courts.

Nielsen stressed that families seeking asylum at border entries are not breaking the law. He blames Democrats for a policy that he and his administration must be forced to wholly own.

Nielsen said "those who have complained" about the policies now have an "opportunity" to work with the administration on the issue.

Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says the first lady believes "we need to be a country that follows all laws", but also one "that governs with heart".

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