DHS chief: Dem child-abuse claim 'cowardly'

Glen Norman
June 20, 2018

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was asked about the Homeland Security secretary during a press conference in San Diego Monday, following a visit to immigrant detention facilities.

As a result, the Department of Homeland Security has published a supposed fact check of its family separation policy.

"If we close the loopholes, we can keep the families together", she said, adding that the administration has repeatedly called on Congress to do so.

Sessions acknowledged then that it would mean separating parents from children if they come into the US illegally.

"When a child is apprehended with their parents, DHS is required, due to various court rulings, to release the child within 20 days", she said. "We didn't separate them", said Cecilia Muñoz, who was a policy adviser to Obama.

The Department of Homeland Security disclosed that it has separated nearly 2,000 children from their parents during the last six weeks, as they crossed the U.S. Mexican border illegally.

"To me, Steve Miller is like Iago, whispering in the president's ear", she said. We give them meals, we give them education, we give them medical care.

In the Senate, Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who ran unsuccessfully against Trump in 2016 for their party's presidential nomination, said he would introduce legislation this week to halt family separations.

One reporter claimed that the separations began only after the administration launched it's zero-tolerance policy.

At one point, a reporter from NY magazine, Olivia Nuzzi, played the tape ProPublica obtained from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, according to tweets she posted. "The answer is that it's a law passed by U.S. Congress".

As reporters questioned whether children were being adequately cared for and whether the policy constituted child abuse, Nielsen said that the DHS was merely enforcing policies and it was up to Congress to change the laws.

Trump, in a string of Twitter comments, decried Europe's problems with mass immigration and vowed to control the flow of migrants into the United States. "You look at what's happening in Europe, you look at what's happening in other places; we can't allow that to happen to the United States, not on my watch".

Compounding Nielsen's false statement were reports that children separated at the border were being held in an old warehouse in south Texas, behind metal fencing that resembled cages.

DHS officials announced at the time that they would deport anyone who entered the USA illegally.

That stance is at odds with with a 2009 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy, which says that asylum-seekers who are not at risk of flight and don't pose a danger to society should be released on parole while their case unfolds.

Among those to condemn Nielsen's performance was MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, who accused her of "lying for a racist" and being another woman sent out to "mop up his mess".

Separating children from the parents is used as a measure to control those who try to enter the U.S. illegally.

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