Stephen Miller Was Driving Force Behind Trump Family Separation Policy

Stephen Miller Was Driving Force Behind Trump Family Separation Policy

A young girl looks at a cup of soup handed to her by volunteers in a migration center in the border town of McAllen, Texas. "And so he went to a zero-tolerance policy", Mr Bannon said.

Her eyes swollen, she cried when she asked a paralegal what she most wanted to know: When could she see her son again?

"This is inhumane. I'd like to say it's un-American, but it's happening right now in America", O'Rourke added.

"It's completely unacceptable under any moral code or under any religious tradition to injure children, inflict trauma on them in order to send some political message to adults somewhere overseas".

Meanwhile, House Republicans have put together two immigration bills - a hard-right proposal and one that is a compromise between conservative and moderate Republicans. In the meantime, Donald Trump is holding USA immigration policy hostage in the hopes of funding a border wall that recent polls show nearly 70% of Americans don't want to fund with taxpayer dollars.

"What the administration has made a decision to do is to separate children from their parents to try to send a message that if you cross the border with children, your children are going to be ripped away from you", Senator Susan Collins told CBS television's Face the Nation.

"In September, if they have not allocated money for the wall, then shut down the government", he said.

Bannon also offered a forceful defense of the administration's "zero tolerance" policy of filing criminal charges against illegal immigrants apprehended near the border - even if it means separating them from children they are traveling with.

Parents are now being arrested and placed in quick federal court proceedings near the border.

Children can not be jailed in federal prisons so they are placed in shelters that have long existed for unaccompanied immigrant children arriving on the border alone. Where Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush declined to prosecute adults with minor children, The New York Times reports that Trump advisors, including Stephen Miller, pushed for Trump to make fewer exceptions. "There is no law, there is no policy that has allowed him to snatch children away from their families", she said. "But there's only one way to ensure that is the case: It's for people to stop smuggling children illegally".

Amid the current crackdown, the detained parents are "in jail settings", the official said, awaiting adjudication and possible prosecution for crossing the border. Apply to enter lawfully.

"We do not have a policy of separating families at the border, " she continued.

In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" approach towards migrants and refugees who cross the USA southern border without documents, promising to prosecute those who did so. USA protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime while the parents are. There's a limit on how long children can be held before being transferred to a licensed family facility. Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, who is close to President Donald Trump, tweeted Friday that Ryan is "trying to open our borders even more and give illegal immigrants the biggest amnesty in American history". Almost 60,000 children were placed in government-contracted shelters in the 2014 fiscal year.

That has earned the Trump administration significant pushback from Democratic lawmakers, several of whom headed to the Texas border and detention centers inland on Sunday to draw attention to the issue and stump for bills they have filed in Congress - which have failed to earn any Republican support.

Immigrant and children's advocates said the new measures are not only cruel, but costly.

They chanted "Families united!" and "Free our children now!", reported NPR.

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