Trump threatens shutdown over wall, immigration

01 August, 2018, 23:18 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Customs and Border Protection U.S. Border Patrol agents conduct intake of illegal border crossers at the Central Processing Center

"Those children who have been returned to their parents will face psychological scars that may never heal, and over 700 children, who entered this country with a family member, remain alone in shelters all over the country without a discernible plan to reunite them now, or ever". A federal judge in California is overseeing the reunification of those families under tight deadlines.

When asked to elaborate, Albence told the Senate Judiciary Committee that these facilities, which hold families who have been detained for illegally crossing the U.S. -Mexico border, offer food, extracurricular activities, and healthcare to migrant parents and children being held there.

Officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agencies planned to testify.

"Blame other people if you wish, but this started with somebody in the White House with a bright idea that turned out to be a disaster, " Senator Richard Durbin, Democrat of IL, said.

Top federal immigration officials are defending their handling of the Trump administration's now-abandoned family separation policy before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The two were reunited in July after two months apart.

Finding a compromise, especially in an election year, will be hard.

"Our commitment to consistent and fair enforcement of the law is demonstrated on a daily basis by the integrity, by the unbiased professionalism and the compassion of the men and women of the CBP exhibit toward the aliens we encounter, particularly toward the most vulnerable", said Carla Provost, acting chief of U.S. Border Patrol.

The letter, based on articles by The Associated Press and other news organizations, says the allegations suggest "a long-term pattern" of mistreatment.

Jonathan White of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a filing on Thursday that the government would need to conduct a manual review to identify all separated children in each of the plaintiff states. After an initial surge in 2014, the numbers have continued to rise, with over 106,000 members of family units apprehended so far in fiscal year 2018.

A series of court rulings and US laws prevent the government from keeping minors in prisons or detention centers for longer than 20 days.

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Republicans said they were surprised by Trump's threat Monday that he would "have no problem doing a shutdown" if Congress didn't approve additional border security funding. "They have extensive medical, dental and mental health opportunities". Sixty-seven other children had parents or guardians that raised a "red flag" about their fitness for the child following background checks. In an op-ed they co-authored for USA TODAY, the senators argued that those centers would be required to maintain "high humane standards".

"If families and children are going to be kept in federal custody they must be kept in facilities where they will be treated humanely, and with the basic dignity that all people-no matter what their immigration status-deserve", Grassley said. Democrats and some Republicans have objected to those proposals.

Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Jeff Merkley of OR, and Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, filed a bill Monday that would allow most family units to be released into the U.S.as they await the conclusion of their hearings.

As lawmakers grilled them at a congressional hearing Tuesday, Trump administration officials defended their efforts to reunite thousands of immigrant families that the government separated. The Trump administration refers to that policy as "catch and release" and has sought to end it.

Later in the hearing, Sen.

Democrats say there are simple ways to fix that.

The Project on Government Oversight, a non-governmental watchdog group, urged the committee to call DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify.

The Trump administration ended that program a year ago.

The judge didn't buy that explanation, pointing to testimony from children who said they were given pills "every morning and every night".

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