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To prosecute migrants, 'you have to take the children away'

US migrant family separation: Crying children audio released Leaked audio from US detention centre of children crying out for parents is harrowing
Jeannette Daniel | 20 June, 2018, 11:55

An audio recording in which migrant children in the US can be heard crying for their parents has been released as US President Donald Trump remains defiant over his immigration policy. The entire House Republican Conference will meet Tuesday evening before their first vote series of the week, with President Donald Trump in attendance.

Earlier Tuesday, the president ramped up his attacks on illegal immigrants who "infest" America in a pair of tweets that, again, blamed Democrats.

The House is set to vote later in the week on two immigration bills, including provisions that would curb the separation of children from their parents at the border.

The audio of the 10 children is just a tiny percentage of what is happening at the United States border.

After his remarks, the president raised eyebrows by walking across the stage, arms outstretched, and embracing a USA flag.

Democrats and some in Mr Trump's own Republican Party have strongly condemned the administration.

Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, announced Monday that he was introducing emergency legislation meant to keep immigrant families together.

More than 2,300 minors were separated from their children at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

But Trump himself put that bill in doubt.

"Congress has failed to pass effective legislation that serves the national interest-that closes risky loopholes and fully funds a wall along our southern border", Sessions said at the time.

"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.

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Hurd expressed support for both executive and legislative action to stop family separations. "It's time for this ugly and inhumane practice to end".

Rep. Michael Burgess of Pilot Point held a town hall in Denton Monday night, where he faced multiple questions about family separations.

Tuesday's Republican huddle will be closely watched, in part to see whether any lawmakers directly confront the president.

But other conservatives, including Fox's Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson, are backing the president's "zero tolerance" approach and saying the media aren't devoting enough attention to crime and other problems created by some illegal immigrants. She also said that children will only be separated in narrow circumstances, including if the adult has broken the law.

"Congress should pass legislation to prevent the separation of children from their parents while they are waiting adjudication of their legal status in the U.S.", he said in a statement. "I hate it. I hate to see separation of parents and children".

An audio recording released by transparency group ProPublica purports to feature Central American children separated from their parents sobbing and wailing.

"I think there's a real interest in trying to find some common ground and whatever we do, we want to be able to do it on a bipartisan basis so it could move fairly quickly", Rounds said. It would also offer an eventual path to citizenship for undocumented adult immigrants, known as Dreamers, who entered the United States as children. Children of jailed parents must be transferred to shelters under the responsibility of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The majority crossed the border without their parents.

United States public opinion appears divided along partisan lines on the family separations, with two-thirds of all voters opposed, but 55 percent of Republicans supporting the policy, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll.

But activists seized on the symbolism. The president said his administration wants safety and security for the country. "I am all alone'".

Anthony Enriquez, director of the unaccompanied minors program for Catholic Charities Community Services in NY said there was no systematic effort in place to ensure the children and their parents are reunited.

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