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Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

U.S. homeland security: No apology for immigrant separations

U.S. homeland security: No apology for immigrant separations

"As a matter of principle, the secretary-general believes that refugees and migrants should always be treated with respect and dignity, and in accordance with existing global law", said United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

Previous administrations had referred migrants with children to immigration courts. "Family unity must be preserved", he added.

"We saw the fear in the eyes of these children who are wondering when they will see their parent ever again".

The reality, however, is that Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero-tolerance" policy last month in which everyone who crossed the border illegally would be prosecuted criminally, thus resulting in children being taken from adults.

"The United States will not be a migrant camp, it will not be a refugee holding facility".

Bush wrote in The Washington Post on Sunday that the practice was "cruel" and "immoral".

Donald Trump has previously blamed a law that "Deomcrats gave us" for the detentions, but it remains unclear which law he means.

Gidley also disputed an assertion made by Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz that President Trump can stop the families from being separated.

The White House director of strategic communications went on Fox News on Monday to lash out at Democrats for criticizing the administration's policy of separating families at the southern border and detaining children.

In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent almost 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care. "These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered robbery one of the most shameful episodes in USA history", Bush said. Nielsen said that releasing parents with their children amounts to a "get out of jail free card" policy for those in the country illegally. "We want safety and security for our country. and it starts with the border". The current FLOTUS joins her predecessors Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and even Laura Bush in decrying the policy. Trump has placed blame for the policy on Democrats as recently as Friday, when he had an impromptu press conference outside the White House.

"I hate to see separation of parents and children", Trump said.

"We pride ourselves on acceptance", she wrote. 'The children can be taken care of quickly, beautifully and immediately.

People on all sides agree that our immigration system isn't working, but the injustice of zero tolerance is not the answer. "We are enforcing the laws passed by Congress", she said, calling on Congress to reform immigration laws.

"Separating families is not mandated by law at all", Clinton said.

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