AG Becerra: Forcibly Separating Children from Their Parents Is Inhumane and Unnecessary

U.S. Border Patrol agents take a father and son from Honduras into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12 near Missio

WASHINGTON - Nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the US border over a six-week period during a crackdown on illegal entries, according to Department of Homeland Security figures obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

Figures from the US Department of Homeland Security show that 1995 children were separated from 1940 adults who are being held between 19 April and 31 May.

"The full impact of policy initiatives are not fully realized for 2-3 weeks following public messaging - however, some migrants already underway may temporarily halt to determine the effects of the new policy", the document states. If a person doesn't arrive at an appropriate port of entry to claim asylum, the crossing is deemed illegal and prosecuted even if the person does not have a criminal history.

Led by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, 21 top state prosecutors from California to MA sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday, calling the policy inhumane and draconian.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops also condemned the policy on Wednesday.

Separating children from their families at the border is a policy many of my constituents and the American people in both political parties oppose.

With the week we've had, it's no surprise that yesterday's Last Week Tonight had a lot to touch on: the episode went through everything from Chuck Schumer's go-to graduation speech to Trump's relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, to the main story, which talked about Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Another FAQ section deals with questions including; "Why Are Parents Being Separated From Their Children?"; "Where Are Children Going?"; "What Happens to Children in HHS Custody?" Let me at least expand Mr. Sessions' index of proof-texts with two more: one from the Old Testament, one from the New.

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"Democrats did not give them these laws, because-and I can not stress this enough-there is no law that suddenly required separating parents from their children".

The officials on the call said the stricter standards would also apply to the initial screening process to determine whether immigrants crossing the border have a "credible fear" of returning to their home countries.

President Trump continued to blame Democrats.

We can and we should protect our borders, but we must do it in a way that is humane and reasonable. The Office of Refugee Resettlement is responsible for finding homes for unaccompanied migrant children, those who attempt to enter the country without their parents.

Nielsen has muddied the debate by insisting that children will only be separated in narrow circumstances, including if the adult has broken the law.

Ex-White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate how the Federal Bureau of Investigation was "weaponized" against President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign. They said they're running out of room at their own facilities amid President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration.

"I hate the children being taken away", he told reporters.

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