Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Agency warned about family separations

Agency warned about family separations

The administration says some of their parents have criminal histories.

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened again on Monday to shut down the federal government over his demands for a border wall and other changes in immigration policy, but said he remains open to talks with Congress on the issue.

"The family separation policy is more than a bureaucratic lapse in justice", he said. The president made reference to the administration's controversial and cancelled policy of separating migrant families at the southern border.

None of the other top officials who testified Tuesday said they had been briefed in advance that the White House was moving forward with its crackdown until it was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in early April.

The hearing comes amid backlash to the Trump administration's since-ended zero tolerance policy, which led to the separations of hundreds of migrant families. They don't contain many provisions Democrats would normally object to since Republicans are generally satisfied with regulatory rollbacks being carried out by the Trump administration. Richard Durbin, Albence says the agency has records documenting decisions by hundreds of migrant parents to leave the USA without their children. They also said they can document decisions by hundreds of detained parents to willingly leave the US without their children, an assertion that has drawn skepticism from lawmakers.

A small group of activities in Homeland Security that are funded from fees or multiyear appropriations wouldn't be impacted by a shutdown, including most operations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which oversees legal immigration and guest-worker visa programs. He cited 24/7 food, water, and education, among other services. They have educational opportunities.

"They want to get things cleaned up before the midterms and show they can govern", said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and the director of the Congressional Budget Office from 2003 to 2005. He also mentioned basketball courts, exercise classes, and soccer fields. "In fact, many of these individuals, the first time they've ever seen a dentist is when they've come to one of our (family residential) centers".

At one point, Sen. "I'm very comfortable with the level of service and protection that is being provided" in these centers, Albence said.

Albence isn't talking about the cages or the freezing holding cells where parents and kids are held after they're detained by the Border Patrol.

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"Blame other people if you wish, but this started with somebody in the White House with a bright idea that turned out to be a disaster, " Senator Richard Durbin, Democrat of IL, said. Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal asked.

In a separate filing on Thursday, David Jennings, an acting assistant director at ICE, said much of the information states requested about separated parents was not easily retrievable or searchable, especially for parents already released from ICE custody.

Grassley said Mr. Trump's crackdown on people illegally crossing the border from Mexico was well-intentioned but has had unintended consequences.

Several dozen protesters briefly disrupted the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on family separations at the border when they held signs and staged a silent walkout at the start of the hearing.

The officials said they keep records of children in their custody and can document decisions by hundreds of detained parents to willingly leave the USA without their children, an assertion that has drawn skepticism from lawmakers.

Some children arrived at remote immigration detention centers this week only to spend the night in a auto in the parking lot awaiting the parent's eventual release, immigration advocates and lawyers said.

White called a family's decision to leave children behind "a desperate last act of a parent" that he said is "unfathomable until you've walked in those parents' shoes".

Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., elevated yet another issue to the administration's list of immigration problems.

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles ordered the Trump administration to obtain consent or a court order before administering any psychotropic medications to migrant children, except in cases of dire emergencies.

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