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White house fires back at immigration critics
President Trump points worst the finger at the Democrats for not fixing the ” world’s immigration laws, despite the controversy over the separation of families at the border; Kevin cork reports from the White house.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pulled no punches on Monday when the defence of the Trump administration’s highly controversial policy during a speech at a meeting of the National Sheriffs’ Association.
“We are not going to make apologies for the work we do, or for the work of the law enforcement authorities for the work to do that the American people expect of us,” Nielsen said in her speech in New Orleans. “Illegal actions must have consequences. No more free passes, no more get out of jail free cards.”
Last month, Homeland Security vibrátil all cases of illegal entry to the Ministry of justice for prosecution. Nielsen said that “misinformation” was spread about the policy and that the agents do not act cruelly, but the enforcement of the laws adopted by the Congress.
She said the past administrations asked immigration agents to look the other way, if families, the border crossed illegally, but also not more.
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Nielsen said that the release of the parents with their children amounts to a “get out of jail free card” – policy for those in the country illegally.
Presentation at the same conference, justice Minister Jeff Sessions echoed Nielsen’s defense of the policy, and called on the Congress to act.
We are not going to make apologies for the work we do, or for the work of the law enforcement authorities for the work to do that the American people expect of us.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen
To separate “we want parents from their children,” sessions said. “When we build, when we adopt legislation, to the end of the lawlessness that we are not meeting face these terrible decisions.”
The policy, which has resulted in nearly 2,000 minors separated from their families through six weeks of sharp criticism from Democrats and even a series of influence has pulled Republicans, including former First lady Laura Bush, the policy is called “cruel” and “immoral” in a guest article in the Washington Post.
Trump claimed on Monday that children “are some of the worst criminals on earth,” as a way to entry into the United States. He tweeted: “looking for someone, the crime is taking place South of the border”, calling it “historic.”
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President Trump continued his defense of the policy on Monday, tweeting: “Why don’t the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world’s worst immigration laws? Where is the outcry for the murders and crimes by gangs and thugs, including the MS-13, the in our country illegally?”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.