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Offbeat Homeland Security boss defends separating immigrant families

00:20  16 may  2018
00:20  16 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

'Silent protest' over plan to separate migrant families

  'Silent protest' over plan to separate migrant families "It's a policy that's really so cruel and so harmful in its immediate impact that it felt like it called for an unusual response."About two dozen mothers affiliated with women's rights or immigrants' rights groups walked out in "silent protest" during a Senate subcommittee hearing where Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was set to testify,Heidi Altman, director of policy at the National Immigrant Justice Center, told NBC News.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Department of Homeland Security defended the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from parents when the family is being prosecuted for entering the U.S. illegally

Home » National News » Homeland Security boss defends … WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Department of Homeland Security defended the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from parents when the family is being prosecuted for entering the U.S. illegally, telling a

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifies to the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) © The Associated Press Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifies to the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — The head of the Homeland Security Department is defending the Trump administration's method of separating children from their parents when the family is being prosecuted for entering the U.S. illegally.

Kirstjen Nielsen told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday that separating children from parents who have been accused of a crime happens "every day in the United States of America."

Under questioning from Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Nielsen says her department was not taking children from parents as a way to deter illegal immigration. She says it's based on her decision that anyone who breaks the law will be prosecuted.

Nielsen says her department holds such children for 48 hours and turns them over to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Trump Blames Own Border Policy on Democrats .
President Donald Trump wrongly blamed Democrats for a Trump administration policy that will separate parents and their young children caught entering the U.S. illegally. The post Trump Blames Own Border Policy on Democrats appeared first on FactCheck.org.

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