Almost 2000 minors split from parents at border in 6 weeks

Reporters spar with White House press secretary over separation of parents and kids at border

It Used to Be a Walmart. Now It's Holding Immigrant Teens

Children would be separated from their parents if the families had been apprehended entering the country illegally, John Kelly, then the Homeland Security Secretary, said in March 2017, "in order to deter more movement along this terribly risky network".

What happens to the children?

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The Trump administration's policy of separating migrant children from their families was first weighed when John Kelly served as the homeland security secretary in March 2017, and proposed the move in order to deter migrants from attempting to illegally cross the border. But even where families are eventually reunited, there will be a psychological legacy, particularly with very young children for whom even a short period of separation is traumatic. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement on Wednesday criticizing the government's immigration policies. While adults are often sent to prison to await court dates, their children are taken from them and surrendered to shelters run by the Department of Health and Human Services.

"We have some of the highest detention standards in the world for children", he said. While the parents are incarcerated, children - who are not charged with a crime - are separated and kept in juvenile facilities with no clear process for reunification. Miller has said internally that the child separations will bring the numbers down at the border, a goal that Trump wants to achieve.

Amid an outcry over the detention of children - some 1,500 boys are being held in a former Walmart supermarket in Texas - a DHS official insisted that the minors were enjoying decent conditions.

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Trump again falsely blamed Democrats for his administration's actions, and said they could put a stop to the family separations by working with Republicans in Congress.

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The zero-tolerance policy was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April.

He said: "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the objective of order". The separations were not broken down by age, and included separations for illegal entry, immigration violations or possible criminal conduct by the adult.

Demonstrators protest Trump administration policy that enables federal agents to separate undocumented migrant children from their parents.

"Right now, we are in a circumstance where either we choose to enforce the law or we choose to ignore it", a DHS official said.

Numerous 1,500 children in the facility, a former Walmart, might more readily agree with a part of Obama's 2014 speech that is not on the wall: "Our immigration system is broken - and everybody knows it". "Tell the Democrats, your friends, to call me".

"For me, that was one of the hardest of days because I felt I was losing my son", said Garcia, a 46-year-old textile worker.

President Donald Trump on Saturday repeated his false assertion that Democrats were responsible for his administration's policy of separating migrant families apprehended at the border, sticking to a weekslong refusal to publicly accept responsibility for a widely condemned practice that has become a symbol of his crackdown on illegal immigration.

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