USA separates 2000 children from parents at Mexico border

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Between April 19 and May 31, the 1,995 children were separated from 1,940 adults who were being held by U.S. border patrol in preparation for prosecution for crossing the border illegally, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman said on a call with reporters.

Amid outcry over the detentions, a Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) spokesperson insisted the minors were held in decent conditions.

Sessions described the policy as created to be a deterrant to illegal immigration, announcing "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border".

Amid the crackdown, the detained parents are "in jail settings", the official said, awaiting adjudication and possible prosecution for crossing the border.

Jentezen Franklin, a member of Trump's evangelical council, told CNN, "It's a very risky route to go when you begin to take selections of scriptures and say, 'The Bible was written to justify political standings".

The campaign-season tumult erupted as GOP leaders put finishing touches on a pair of Republican bills: a hard-right proposal and a middle-ground plan negotiated by the party's conservative and moderate wings, with White House input.

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump was in favour of signing a new immigration bill, the White House said.

But Trump suggested Friday in an interview on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" he would not reverse his administration's policy unless Democrats agreed to his longstanding immigration priorities.

He continued, "Maybe they've called the staff but I've not personally heard from one ... because I don't know if it's a real issue".

On Friday morning, Trump seemed to dismiss the measure.

On Friday, The Trump administration released new numbers on how many families have been separated at the southwest border after parents are prosecuted for coming into the USA illegally.

Hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, majority Hispanic, are now protected from deportation because they enrolled in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Donald Trump wants to end.

One White House official reportedly emailed The Hill, "Yes, we fully support both the Goodlatte bill and the Leadership bill". The interviewer had specifically asked whether he would sign "either one" of the two bills Republicans lined up for votes next week.

The series of tweets revealed that Trump views the ongoing separations of migrant families as a negotiating tool for tougher immigration policy and funding for a new wall between the United States and Mexico.

The president directed the blame at the Democrats for "forcing the breakup of families at the border" because they are pushing their own "cruel" legislative agenda. Evangelist and staunch Trump supporter Franklin Graham has also called family separation "disgraceful".

GOP leaders have said they may take up the family detentions issue separately, if needed, as the crisis of children being separated from their parents continues.

Lecia Brooks, outreach director for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), told the Daily Dot that aside from attending nationwide rallies against these practices and policies, there are at least three things people can do to channel their disagreement into tangible change.

No, it's not. No law mandates separating families.

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