To prosecute migrants, 'you have to take the children away'

Donald Trump says he will not let US become 'migrant camp'

"We might as well get it right or let's just keep going", Trump said, signaling he wants an all-or-nothing immigration bill. "We operate according to some of the highest standards in the country". Border Patrol officials say separating adults from children is a way to dissuade others from trying to come to the United States illegally.

What is this zero tolerance policy?

The policy was announced April 6 and went into effect in May.

This means that the illegal entrants would now be prosecuted in federal court and not in civil court like before.

Lawmakers have jumped in, calling out Nielsen and her statement, labeling it a lie, and challenging both the Trump administration and Nielsen to address the growing crisis that is spiraling out of control.

She added the U.S. government "should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso".

What would happen to the children?

The prospect of passing legislation on family separations is no better in the House.

"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility", Trump said. There are now 12,000 children in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services. They are not permitted to be jailed together since the minors are not charged with the crime.

Massachusetts Democrats announced that they have signed on to companion bills filed in the U.S. House and Senate, known as the "Keep Families Together Act", that seek to bar the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from separating children from their parents except in extraordinary circumstances, limit criminal prosecutions for asylum seekers, increase child welfare training and establish public policy preferences for family reunification.

In his remarks, he endorsed both House immigration bills that build the wall, close legal loopholes, cancel the visa lottery, curb chain migration, and solve the border crisis and family separation issue by allowing for family detention and removal.

The president said he is also going to seek authorization to not give USA aid to countries which "abuse us by sending their people up".

"Every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged", Clinton said.

Some 2,000 migrant children have been separated from their parents in the past few months after their families tried to cross the U.S. border illegally. Bush likened the policy to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our global boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel.

Murphy vowed to prevent "state resources from being used to help federal authorities separate families", while Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf criticized the policy. "This is nothing short of torture" and has produced images which will "leave an indelible stain on the reputation of the USA", said the group.

The situation still came in for fierce criticism, but the policy introduced in April by Trump is far more hard line. Neilsen said past administrations asked immigration agents to look the other way when families crossed the border illegally, but no longer.

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

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

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