Bannon Says Trump Doesn't Have to `Justify' Border Separations

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The head of the Department of Homeland Security bashed the media Sunday for their reporting on the increasingly volatile immigration controversy, writing in a string of tweets: "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border".

A man stops to view the Southwest Key-Casa Padre Facility, formerly a Walmart Inc. store, in Brownsville, Texas. The Department of Homeland Security said Friday that almost 2,000 children have been placed into shelters over a six-week period.

The issue was also featured on the front page of the New York Daily News alongside a harrowing photograph of a young toddler crying hysterically after being separated from her mother at the US-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Texas Reps.

After touring a converted Walmart supermarket that is now housing some 1,500 immigrant children, a group of Democratic lawmakers said there was "zero logic" to Trump's policy. USA border authorities are executing the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy toward undocumented immigrants.

"They're willing to risk harm to a child being traumatized, separated from a parent and sitting in federal detention by themselves, in order to reach a larger policy goal of deterrence", said Jennifer Podkul, director of policy at Kids in Need of Defence, which represents children in immigration court.

What she failed to mention: Attorney General Jeff Sessions' "zero tolerance" border policy, announced in May, held that all immigrants who cross the border illegally will be charged with a crime.

"Ripping children out of their parents' arms to inflict harm on the child to influence the parents", he added, "is unacceptable".

"It is inconsistent with our American values to separate these children from their parents unless there's evidence of abuse or another very good reason", she said. Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said Sunday the number "may well be higher".

Conway rejects the idea that President Donald Trump is using the kids as leverage to get Democrats to negotiate on immigration and his border wall.

"This bill hardly fulfills President Trump's bold promise to fix immigration, and sure isn't a winning message for the GOP in the midterms", Hauman said. "Go for it! WIN!"

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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon bombastically returned to the spotlight and didn't mince any words in his appearance on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

U.S. religious leaders have castigated the policy. "If you cross the border with children, your children are going to be ripped away from you".

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Trump, said: "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart".

Mr Trump has blamed a law "Democrats gave us" for the policy, but it is unclear which law he is referring to.

"Trump claims Democrats are to blame for families being broken up".

O'Rourke said Sunday he's working with colleagues to introduce a bill this week in the House.

Instead, by saying that "both sides" needed to agree, she adopted his argument that the situation was caused by political stalemate rather than a policy he initiated. "Can we start with just keeping parents and children together while we figure out some of the other details?"

The push towards immigration votes in the House of Representatives is intensifying the divide among Republicans on one of the party's key issues and fuelling concerns that a voter backlash could cost the GOP control of the House in November.

The other "loophole" the Trump administration points to is the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, or the TVPRA. "So if they don't like that law, they should change it".

Nielsen's second tweet - specifically saying "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border".

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