Today in Trump's Prison Camps for Children: White House Ignores Their Cries

Charlene Craig
June 20, 2018

How this differs from what's happening now: Under Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, immigrants crossing the border for the first time are still being prosecuted, which is what has lead to the separations.

A chorus of critics - rights groups, Christian evangelicals, former USA first ladies and some within the president's own Republican party - are demanding an immediate end to the family separations.

He's argued that, "politically correct or not, we have a country that needs security, that needs safety".

"Democrats are the problem", he proclaimed.

In a speech Tuesday to small-business owners in Washington, Trump stood defiant amid intense criticism across the political spectrum about his administration's policy of separating children from their parents and other adults at the southern border with Mexico as they illegally enter the United States. Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very risky trip, and only 2000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our Country illegally on numerous occasions.

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And on Twitter, the hashtag #TrumpCamps has become a top trend in the United States where people are drawing comparisons between Trump's policies and those of German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, who also separated families into camps, sending millions to gas chambers. Crime in Germany is way up. "We want a safe country, and it starts with the borders, and that's the way it is". "Don't wait until after the election because you are going to lose!"

The Trump administration announced on Friday that 1,995 children were separated from their parents between April 19 and May 31, or 47 per children per day.

Almost 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May.

"Let that sink in for a second", he continued, "our government is forcibly separating children - including toddlers - from their parents and sending them to detention facilities as a means of sending a message and influencing Congress". "For those seeking asylum at ports of entry, we have continued the policy from previous Administrations and will only separate if the child is in danger, there is no custodial relationship between "family" members, or if the adult has broken a law", she explained.

Democrat Representative Adam Schiff said that the administration is "using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build our wall". When the parents are arrested on criminal charges, they must be separated from their children, as is the case with domestic criminal cases.

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President Trump will be on Capitol Hill Tuesday to meet with Republicans on possible immigration bills.

Legislative affairs chief Marc Short: "The policy is incredibly complicated and it is one we need to do a better job of communicating".

"Well, we have an orchestra here - what's missing is a conductor", said a male voice on the recording, someone believed to be a U.S. Border Patrol agent. She said immigrants will continue to seek asylum unless their home countries see major change.

She said Mrs. Trump hopes both sides "can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform". United States protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.

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