Monday, 21 January, 2019

US Officials Not Able to Carry Out 'Zero-Tolerance' for Migrant Families

Protestors walk north on south Virginia street after demonstrating outside the Peppermill Resort Casino in Reno Nev, during Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks on immigration to NASRO a School Safety Conference Monday US Officials Not Able to Carry Out 'Zero-Tolerance' for Migrant Families
Melinda Barton | 29 June, 2018, 17:13

He tweeted, "People must simply be stopped at the Border and told they can not come into the USA illegally".

America's top law official said that refusing to prosecute adults who illegally enter the U.S. "would be a disservice to the people of this country", reports the New York Times.

The United States' top border enforcement official acknowledged Monday that authorities are now not able to carry out the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy of detaining and prosecuting everyone entering the country illegally, as officials work to develop a policy that would allow prosecutions without family separations.

According to the Politico/Morning Consult poll, fewer than half of voters - 44 percent - approve of the Trump administration's handling of immigration.

He told the audience that lax border enforcement would "encourage more adults to bring more children illegally".

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he will ask Congress for an increase in funding for his proposed wall along the border with Mexico so it can be finished quickly.

Defense Secretary James Mattis also said the Pentagon will build tent camps at Goodfellow Air Force Base and Fort Bliss in Texas, which will hold unaccompanied migrant children and migrant families respectively.

The administration of President Donald Trump reversed course on that policy after outrage from opponents and his own party, but it is still working on how to reunite parents separated from their children.

The government has yet to reunite parents with more than 2,000 children who have been taken away since last month and sent to holding cells, converted warehouses, desert tents or foster care around the US.

A USA judge in San Diego already is considering whether to issue a nationwide injunction sought by the American Civil Liberties Union that would order the administration to reunite the separated children with their parents.

"I can not reunite them, though, while the parents are in custody because of the court order that doesn't allow the kids to be with their parents for more than 20 days", he said. "We have to protect these children".

"The children are left abandoned, crying, upset, often extremely upset to the point of disassociating, where they become resigned to their situation and hopeless", she said.

So ... no. Trump's executive order didn't end, or even seriously effect family separations. "She wanted to see everything for herself", Grisham said.