Homeland Security chief says no apology for separating families

Trump administration officials say the policy is meant to deter undocumented immigrants from making the trek to the USA border with their children. "Illegal actions have and must have consequences".

She claimed "misinformation" was being spread about the policy, which is that all people caught crossing the border illegally are prosecuted and thus families are separated.

"But this zero-tolerance policy is cruel".

"I find that offensive", Nielsen shot back.

But while Yoder highlights areas of agreement with Trump about other immigration concerns, his language is less mealy-mouthed blaming both sides than other rank-and-file Republicans' (like this from Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R)).

Nielsen said she had not heard the audio recording. If the Democrats would sit down, instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly, good for the children, good for the country, good for the world.

"It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder Security and Crime".

Nielsen didn't exactly help herself, either, on Monday morning by saying, "We will not apologize for doing out job". "Congress and the courts created this problem and Congress alone can fix it".

On Monday, former GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush tweeted, "Children shouldn't be used as a negotiating tool. That can not be the answer". "They can go to our ports of entry if they want to claim asylum".

Kelly, now White House chief of staff, also said any detained migrant children would be "well cared for" as "we deal with their parents". Sessions called the system "generous". "This is about moms and dads imagining their children being taken from them".

Administration officials, including Nielsen, have said the administration's policy on immigration detentions is necessary to fully enforce the nation's laws. "If you smuggle aliens. we will prosecute you".

Whether she really did consider resigning or not, more than one paper reported last month that Trump lambasted her during a cabinet meeting at greeeeeat length over the fact that illegal border-crossings hadn't fallen.

Compounding Nielsen's false statement were reports that children separated at the border were being held in an old warehouse in south Texas, behind metal fencing that resembled cages.

Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for him to end the controversial policy.

Family separation "is an immoral, horrific policy", added Senator Dianne Feinstein, who has introduced legislation to keep immigrant families together.

"We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. It's a simple choice", she said.

What's more, journalists and lawmakers made note of previous comments Nielsen has made in defense of the same policy she tweeted doesn't exist.

  • Joey Payne