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President Trump Pushes Back On Immigration, Stands With So-Called ‘Angel Families’

24 June 2018

Maria Del Carmen Barrios, 33, said she, her 15-year-old sister and her 6-month old baby boy fled violence in their native San Marcos in Guatemala.

One, a hard-line package of immigration restrictions and enforcement by Rep. They also said they asked to see the children and view their conditions, but were told they would have to wait two weeks, until July 5, before they would be allowed to do so. The mothers themselves could not be contacted because access to detained immigrants is hard.

"We support the administration's efforts to enforce our immigration laws, but we can not support implementation of a policy that results in the categorical forced separation of minor children from their parents", said a letter written by 13 Republican senators, including Colorado's Cory Gardner, a Republican from Yuma, that was addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and released June 19.

Protests and rallies focused around the separation of families at the U.S. -Mexico border are scheduled this weekend, while more than two dozen congressional Democrats plan to visit detention facilities in Texas.

Trump's suggestion that the stories were erroneous was likely fueled by revelations Friday about one of the defining images to this point in the crisis, a 2-year-old Honduran girl crying as her mother was stopped by a Border Patrol agent. "It's insulting, it's unsafe and we need to do better", she said.

"We can not allow our Country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phoney stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections", he tweeted.

Even experts are having trouble figuring out what the Trump administration has done with some of these kids.

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The president also rattled off a litany of statistics that indicated that illegal immigrants commit violent crimes at a far higher rate than USA citizens, saying "you hear it's like they're better people than what we have, than our citizens".

"Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem".

All 435 House seats and a third of the 100-member Senate will be up for grabs in November.

Others, particularly conservative Republicans who don't support the immigration deal, said Trump's actions should come as no surprise.

Following the failure of a voting on a "hardline" immigration bill with 193 votes in favor and 231 against earlier on Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan told the lawmakers that the second voting for a "moderate" bill on immigration would be postponed until Friday.

"Elect more Republicans in November and we will pass the finest, fairest and most comprehensive Immigration Bills anywhere in the world".

Just when House Republicans needed Donald Trump's backing the most - on their big immigration overhaul - he dashed off a presidential tweet on Friday saying they should quit wasting their time on it.

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Coulter then turned to the camera and said to Trump, "Don't fall for it". You don't know what's going on.

Rep. Mike Conaway, the Republican chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, said he believed there were concerns among some GOP lawmakers about the amount of spending in the bill as well as changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

The demonstrations came days after the Trump administration reversed course in the face of public and political outrage and had authorities stop separating immigrant families caught crossing the U.S. -Mexico border.

The U.S. Navy is drafting plans to house up to 25,000 immigrants on its bases and other facilities, at an estimated cost to taxpayers of about $233 million over six months, a U.S. official said on Friday. This was true of the White House's catastrophically inadequate response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

While the USA leader bowed to global outrage over the splitting of families, conflicting messages were contributing to a sense of chaos in the handling of the crisis. That would be a sharp increase from the 2,500 beds available for families in the last fiscal year. About 9,000 such family units have been caught in each of the last three months, according to USA border authorities. Crossing the border without proper documentation is a misdemeanor that typically carries the penalty of a few days in jail if you're prosecuted.

The bill would not do anything to stop Sessions' zero-tolerance prosecutions - which is the main driver of family separation.

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President Trump Pushes Back On Immigration, Stands With So-Called ‘Angel Families’