Trump calls for immigration reform, terms current laws 'dumbest'

Glen Norman
August 1, 2018

Authorities have struggled to reunify families who were separated after being arrested for illegally crossing the border from Mexico.

Congress has given the president some wall funding but far from the $25 billion he has requested. Now legislators are grappling with a far more hard question: what comes next?

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles ordered the Trump administration to obtain consent or a court order before administering any psychotropic medications to migrant children, except in cases of dire emergencies. A federal judge in California is overseeing the reunification of those families under tight deadlines.

Asked by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., what response HHS officials got from administration policymakers, White said, "The answer was there was no policy which would result in separation of children from family units".

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

Sen. Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, called family separations a "humanitarian disaster" and called for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to step down.

Most officials at the hearing avoided specifying what they believed went wrong leading up to family separations. In addition, Trump wants to end the practice of releasing immigrants caught entering the country illegally on the condition that they show up for court hearings.

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


Matthew Albence is an executive associate director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The letter, based on articles by The Associated Press and other news organizations, says the allegations suggest "a long-term pattern" of mistreatment. "I have every confidence that you are the right person to do this".

Despite making the proposed wall along the U.S. They have recreational opportunities, both structured as well as unstructured.

The solution to that conundrum, according to Republicans, is to revoke or amend the 1997 agreement brokered between the Clinton Justice Department and attorneys representing immigrants, which is known as the Flores settlement. "The trauma is from separating the child from the parent", Gelernt told CNN's "At This Hour" on Tuesday. In an op-ed they co-authored for USA TODAY, the senators argued that those centers would be required to maintain "high humane standards".

Some children arrived at remote immigration detention centers this week only to spend the night in a auto in the parking lot awaiting the parent's eventual release, immigration advocates and lawyers said. "Democrats or Republicans. No one wins".

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. Of the more than 2,500 children separated from their families, Grassley said that nearly a third - approximately 711 - are still in government custody and are unable to be reunited with their parents.

The Trump administration decries such policies as "catch and release".

Toward the end of the hearing, Sen.


Democrats say there are simple ways to fix that.

The Trump administration ended that program previous year.

Lawmakers and journalists who have visited some detention facilities around the country and migrants themselves have reported poor conditions.

"Trump doesn't really have the same kind of leverage" as he does on other issues, Holtz-Eakin said.

To prove his point, Albence said during Tuesday's Senate hearing that of the 75,000 immigrants now in those programs, only 2,430 were deported in fiscal year 2017.

Asked about specific requirements, he said he had no "red line".

For Blumenthal, the "most moving and powerful part" of the hearings was when Commander Jonathan White of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, testified that other officials had always been aware of his concerns regarding the separation of families.

"Who is responsible for zero tolerance or family separation?"


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