Trump Cites Non-Existent Law To Blame Democrats For His Border Policy Of Separating Families
President Trump on Wednesday blamed Congressional Democrats for his administration policy that will separate parents and their young children caught entering the U.S. illegally.
“We have to break up families, because of bad laws that the Democrats gave us,” Trump claimed. But there is no such law. Instead, it’s his administration’s decision to separate children from their parents as part of Jeff Sessions’ crack down on immigrants who cross the border illegally.
In early May, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen directed her department to refer all unauthorized immigrants who cross the U.S. border to federal prosecutors. It’s in accordance with the Department of Justice’s new “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration at the Southwest border.
Parents would be sent to federal court under the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and then placed in a detention center, according to a DHS spokesperson. Their children, minors who cannot be housed in a detention center for adults, would be transferred to a juvenile facility.
“It is the government’s choice whether to criminally prosecute someone for illegal entry or reentry,” Theresa Cardinal Brown, director of immigration and cross-border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., told USA Today.
Trump made his remarks at a White House meeting on so-called “sanctuary city” policies in California. He told Nielsen, who was in attendance, that Democrats were responsible for the “tough” situation involving immigrant families.