Backlash against border policy grows, but furor could help Trump in midterms

So immigration may not be the winning ticket Trump believes. "Then after my auntie gets me to bring me home with her, my mom will come as soon as she can, to pick me up".

McConnell said there was a "very robust discussion" within a closed Republican policy luncheon about "the need to fix the problem" of migrant children being separated from their parents.

Under Trump, 32,372 unaccompanied minors have arrived at the border in the 2018 fiscal year, which is more than triple the number which arrived last year. He said he wants Congress to provide him with a third option: to deport families as a unit. In fact, it is new and a near blanket policy in practice and intention.

On the Senate floor today, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) responded to President Trump tweeting "CHANGE THE LAWS" and stating that the administration's policy is the result of a law that "Democrats forced upon the nation".

A new "zero tolerance" policy from the Trump administration has led to a spike in children being separated from their parents at the border as they seek entry. Children of jailed parents must be transferred to shelters under the responsibility of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The audio clip released by ProPublica is allegedly from a US Customs and Border Protection detention facility where the children are being kept.

But while Trump receives special briefings from those close to him, many in the U.S. has been rocked by audio of the children crying while in detention in what's become an extra emotional news cycle in an already vitriolic presidency.

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso said on Tuesday that the family separations were "cruel and inhuman", and clearly violated human rights. A CNN-SSRS poll revealed that even among those who approve of the job Trump is doing as President, a quarter disapprove of the policy. Most all of them share stories of fleeing drug cartels, extreme poverty, and gang violence. Advocates say the wait times on these calls can be upwards of 30 minutes and parents are required to call back when a child cannot immediately be located.




Trump's meeting late Tuesday with House Republicans comes as lawmakers in both parties are up in arms after days of news reports showing images of children being held at border facilities in cages and an audio recording of a young child pleading for his "Papa".

To address the rise of families being separated at the border, the measure proposes keeping children in detention with their parents, undoing 2-decade-old rules that limit the time minors can be held in custody.

"It could be a tough deterrent - would be a tough deterrent", Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly told NPR during a May 11 interview shortly after Sessions' announcement.

Kelly went on to say that most undocumented Central Americans are "not criminals".

MS-13 is a transnational gang of about 30,000 members, majority in Central America, with about 6,000 in the United States. To ensure that repeat offenders face starker consequences, the US has to have prosecuted the misdemeanor first. All four former living US first ladies - Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Rosalynn Carter - have condemned the separation of children from their parents. He described the place as a former hospital that had been turned into living areas for children.

Some adults have been outfitted with ankle tracking bracelets and warned to appear in court.

The President early indicated he does not want to support either of two bills created to move towards a solution to the family separation issue. Of about 2,000 children separated from parents in the past six weeks about 100 are under the age of 4 years. "This practice is contrary to American values and must be stopped". The 6-year-old's mother, 29-year-old Cindy Madrid, was separated from her child after they arrived in the USA from a gang-riddled area in Armenia, northwest of the Salvadorian capital.

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