VERIFY: Not all immigrant children are being separated from parents

Kirstjen Nielsen

Democrats, activists rally against Trump's family separation policy

Critics of the USA policy which separates children their parents when they cross the border illegally from Mexico protest during a "Families Belong Together March" in downtown Los Angeles, June 14, 2018.

President Donald Trump has said that the U.S. would not become a "migrant camp" as his administration faced a backlash for its practice of separating the children of illegal immigrants from their parents.

The policy, announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month, has led to the separation of families at the border when they attempt to enter the USA illegally.

Hillary Clinton joined two former first ladies in condemning the White House's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that is separating children from their parents.

USA first lady Michelle Obama, right, and former US first lady Laura Bush laugh as they participate in an African First Ladies Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July 2, 2013. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", Bush said on Twitter as she shared her column.

Pelosi said Republicans have a moral and legal responsibility to end new policies separating migrant children from their parents after entering the United States from Mexico.

In May, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" policy in which all those apprehended entering the United States illegally, including those seeking asylum, would be criminally charged, which generally leads to children being separated from their parents.

Once taken from their parents, the children are handed over to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Roughly 2,000 minors have been separated from their families over a six-week period ending in May, administration officials said last week.

The DHS made a step-by-step guide for detained adults who are trying to reach their children called "Next Steps for Families".

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Later talking to reporters on the North Lawns of the White House, Trump said he did the right thing to fire Comey. There was some degree of humor in the Dept. of Justice's Inspector General's report .

The "zero-tolerance" border security policy implemented by President Donald Trump's administration has sparked outrage on both sides of the political aisle and took on particular resonance as America celebrated Father's Day. One unidentified Border Patrol agent remarks, "Well, we have an orchestra here".

Some of Trump's fellow Republicans have said the policy must end.

The president has tried to blame Democrats, who hold no levers of power in the government today, for a situation that has sparked fury and a national debate over the moral implications of his hard-line approach to immigration enforcement. "Instead of criticizing those of us who uphold our oaths by enforcing the laws Congress drafted, work with us to change them".

"The real problem is the immigration system is broken and Congress is not doing anything and the president we have does not care about families", Pineda said.

Their outrage and call for reforms come after almost 2,000 minors were separated from adults in the six weeks following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement of the zero-tolerance approach to illegal border crossings. "I hate it. I hate to see separation of parents and children".

He said the practice was "deeply unethical" and that Republicans' refusal to criticise Mr Trump represented a "sad degeneration" of the GOP, which he said had become "the party of lies".

Nielsen said she had not heard the audio recording.

However, no law requires the administration to separate families at the border.

Clinton, former first lady, secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee, said at an awards lunch for the Women's Forum of NY that the separations are not required by law and are not grounded in any religion.

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