Kellyanne Conway Admits 'Nobody Likes' Trump's Immigration Policy

Minnie Murray
June 18, 2018

People have been detained and referred for criminal prosecution, but U.S. rules state that children are not allowed to be held with their parents because they have not been charged with a crime.

Democrats are being forced to get creative in protesting the Trump Administration's new "zero tolerance" stance toward immigration, as they are outnumbered legislatively in the House.

In early May, the Trump administration made a decision to prosecute adults caught crossing the border illegally, which requires children to be separated from those adults.

Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg, legal director of the immigrant advocacy program at the Legal Aid Justice Centre in Virginia, said he's never worked with immigrants who said US policies influenced their decision to move.

"I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our global boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel", she wrote. "He's just not gonna kick the can down the road", he said.

The policy has had the effect of separating the arrested immigrants from their children.

Here in the borderland, thousands of marchers turned out to the Marcelino Port of Entry in Tornillo, along with Reps.Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) and Joe Kennedy (D-Mass).

Facing a national uproar, House GOP leaders included a provision in the immigration proposal that would require families to be kept together for as long as they are in the custody of the Homeland Security Department.

"She did not know what was going on", said paralegal Georgina Guzman, recalling their conversation at a federal courthouse in McAllen, Texas.

His wife, who does not often wade into the political arena, did not denounce his administration´s policy, but instead called for bipartisan immigration reform to fix the issue.

The measure, which was drafted with White House input, would also stop the practice of family separation, but not the detentions, and applies only to those families that arrive at the border seeking asylum. 'If he can't [acknowledge] that, I'll go tell him 'if you don't like families being supported, you can tell DHS to stop doing it'. In the meantime, Donald Trump is holding US immigration policy hostage in the hopes of funding a border wall that recent polls show nearly 70% of Americans don't want to fund with taxpayer dollars.

'The president is ready to get meaningful immigration reform across the board, ' Conway said on 'Meet the Press'.

President Trump has consistently blamed Democrats for the situation, saying their support for passage of a broader immigration bill would end the separations.

Sessions has repeatedly touted the policy and it's necessity in appearance around the country and in interviews.

"I strongly recommend that we just wait until 2019, right, to address this", he said, while defending the administration's practice of separating parents from children as an example of Trump making good on a key campaign promise.

Appearing on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos", Bannon told guest host Jonathan Karl that it is time for Trump to play hardball. "They are the ones who broke the law, they are the ones who endangered their own children on their trek".

"It is critical that Congress fully understands how our nation's laws are being implemented on the ground, especially when the well-being of young children is at stake", they wrote. "We have a crisis on the southern border".

And on Sunday morning he retweeted a tweet from Saturday blaming Democrats for breaking up families.

Melania Trump, the most reticent United States first lady since Pat Nixon, has done an admirable thing.

Passage of the bill could alienate conservatives and depress turnout at a time when enthusiasm among Democrats is high. "You saw the president on camera that he wants this to end, but everybody has, Congress has to act", she said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.

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