Asylum seekers sue Trump administration over ‘zero tolerance’ policy

21 June, 2018, 19:41 | Author: Tara Reeves
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Trump's executive order states the administration will "maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources".

As of earlier this week, there were 11,786 children in HHS custody - both children separated from their parents and unaccompanied minors that illegally crossed the border alone.

Two people close to Nielsen said she was the driving force behind the turnabout that led to the new order keeping families together.

"The Department of Homeland Security's going to have to work with the court and ensure that they are able to keep these families as an integrated unit in detention facilities pending their criminal prosecution of the parents and/or the deportation of the whole family for violation of our immigration laws", Azar said.

Wolfe spoke hours after President Trump signed the order reversing the separation policy after days of public uproar. Most of the more than 10,000 children in shelters under HHS care came to the USA alone and are waiting to be placed with family members living in the U.S. You can find out more information on that and on locally organized events right here.

However, Democrats and some Republicans have said Trump could end the policy himself.

In April, Attorney-General Jeff Sessions adopted a "zero tolerance" approach to illegal border crossings at the US-Mexico border.

"This is a tragedy that children are being separated from their parents", he said.

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Parents referred by border agents for prosecution are held in federal jails, while their children have remained in U.S. But images of young children in tears, housed in metal cages, set off an worldwide outcry.

Based on Homeland Security policy and what CBS News has seen in person, claims that all kids are being separated from their parents at the border is false.

In past administrations, most immigrant families were released while their immigration cases proceeded, and were not charged criminally for illegal entry if they didn't have prior criminal records.

The plaintiffs argue that border agents and detention officials "sadistically tease and taunt parents and children with the prospect of separation, and doing so using words and tones indicating that Defendants' employees and agents enjoy the pain and suffering that the very idea of separation causes to parents and children".

Earlier this year, the Trump administration implemented its "zero tolerance" policy, seeking to deter future illegal immigration by "aggressively" prosecuting migrants who crossed into the US illegally.

The policy of separating children from their parents who have illegally entered the USA and been detained had existed for years before President Donald Trump took office.

The Flores settlement, named for a teenage girl who brought the case in the 1980s, requires the government to release children from custody and to their parents, adult relatives or other caretakers, in order of preference. "Children, especially those fleeing persecution, need safety and environments where they can thrive and play and be safe". "This is very good compromised legislation that not only solves the child separation issue at the border, it also solves the border, it solves DACA, it solves a lot of our broken immigration parts". "The border is just as tough". Ryan has stated he does not support separation of families.

At the moment, thousands of migrant children are being held in various federal government facilities, including a "tent city" in stifling heat located in Tornillo, Texas not far from the US-Mexico border.


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