Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Audio recording emerges of 'orchestra' of crying children in migrant detention center

Audio recording emerges of 'orchestra' of crying children in migrant detention center

White House officials are unable to cite any part of United States law that dictates the separations, which were initiated in April after Attorney-General Jeff Sessions announced "zero tolerance" for unlawful border crossings.

The bill would add more federal immigration judges, authorise new temporary shelters to house migrant families, speed the processing of asylum cases and require that families that cross the border illegally to be kept together, if there is no criminal conduct or threats to the welfare of children. As a result, children found making the illegal crossings along with those adults have been separated and sent to detention centers.

Senate Republicans attempted to form a consensus on providing a solution to the Trump administration's policy of separating families who cross the US-Mexico border illegally, but a path forward still appears to be an insurmountable task.

A spokeswoman for First Lady Melania Trump said she "hates to see" families separated and called on both Democrats and Republicans to change immigration laws. "We've got to stop separation of the families, but politically correct or not, we have a country that needs security, that needs safety, that has to be protected".

Rep. John Culberson of Houston said he supports families remaining together, though he emphasized the need for strong border security.

"When you exempt a group of people from the law. that creates a draw, " said Manuel Padilla, the Border Patrol's chief agent there.


Our government is forcibly separating children - including toddlers - from their parents and sending them to detention facilities as a means of sending a message and influencing Congress.

"We need you, those children need you -and I am talking directly to my Republican colleagues- we need you to stand up to President Donald Trump", he said. Both Democrats and some Republicans are now calling for an end to the practice at the U.S. -Mexico border. The president and his allies also have been increasingly accusing Democrats, while decrying the child separations, of not showing adequate outrage over killings and crime by undocumented immigrants.

As of Monday morning, though, Trump was back on Twitter himself and, though he didn't address Nielsen's comments directly, he did address the issue but in the most horrendous way, continuing to blame Democrats. As a company, Microsoft has worked for over 20 years to combine technology with the rule of law to ensure that children who are refugees and immigrants can remain with their parents.

It requires the government to release rather than detain children caught trying to enter the USA and exempts them from an immediate return to their home countries.

USA officials say the children are well cared for. "No more lawlessness", she said during a briefing. "They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people", Trump said at the time.

Mr Trump plans to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss pending immigration legislation amid an election-season debate over an issue that helped vault the NY real estate mogul into the Oval Office in 2016. "These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in US history".

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