nearvideo house Democrats grill acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan
McAleenan said house of the legislature, the DHS is expanding its migrant holding facilities and the provision of more medical resources to the limit; Mark Meredith reports from Capitol Hill.
Progressive lawmakers grilled top Trump administration officials Thursday about family separations on the border, with a member of the so-called “team”, accusing him of the request to extend the detention of children, which he denied.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., at a house Oversight Committee hearing, accused of Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and colleagues from the administration officials are trying to change the long-standing agreement, known as the Flores settlement, which governs how children of immigrants can be detained, “the children” in detention. “Just admit that, although you want to have the children more.”
McAleenan explained that he wanted to keep families together, for the necessary time it takes for the immigration procedure to go through, and for the judiciary to make a judgment about the case. “We don’t want to change to, the provisions relating to the conditions in our care. To codify what we want is the rules to the highest possible standard.”
He added, “We want to hold together families through immigration on the basis that it is fair and quickly in a reasonable frame. This can’t be done in 20 days, with due process”.
Democrats have slammed the as “inhuman”, while many Republicans, the Democrats, hypocrisy of the accused, to say, they were silent about similar arrests under the Obama administration.
McAleenan said fewer than 1,000 children were separated from the families of 450,000 families, and groups across the border since October. He said they were separated because of health and safety concerns, among other reasons. “The vast majority” of the families remained together, he said.
That tally does not even children that came with older siblings, or aunts and uncles and grandparents separately under long-standing policy meant to protect against human trafficking. McAleenan said that the Congress would enable the need for change of laws to limit officers more discretion to keep together these groups.
“As I testified, and warned publicly, dozens of times this year and last, we are faced with an unprecedented crisis at the border,” McAleenan said of the Committee.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, left, and other freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan asked about the policy, which led to the separation of more than 2,700 children from the parents in the last year.
U.S. customs and border protection officials more than 800,000 migrants have encountered over the border from Mexico. Over 450,000 families.
“Combined, this means that over 300,000 children in our care as of 1. October,” he said.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, questioned McAleenan over a series of controversial Facebook posts attributed to some of the Customs and Border Protection employees. Some of the posts contain graphic, doctored images of the New York Democrat.
Ocasio-Cortez asked whether the agents were still in the service, and asked whether the separation of the family-had contributed to the policy, a “dehumanization of the culture.”
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McAleenan said, some of them were on administrative duty, but did not elaborate.
“We have not answered an inhuman culture,” McAleenan.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.