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Politics Jim Jordan Calls for Trump-Era Immigration Policies Amid Abuse Allegations at Migrant Facility

07:25  08 april  2021
07:25  08 april  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Rep. Jim Jordan , R-Ohio, slammed President Biden for undoing Trump 's border policies on "The Ingraham Angle" Tuesday, following reports that the administration is considering finishing construction of the border wall. REP. JIM JORDAN : They're talking about building the wall, continuing to build the wall, because we heard from every single agent that walls work, they funnel people to the ports of entry, which is how you want the system to work and is just good common sense. But understand, two and a half months ago, before President Trump left office, he said, you undo our policies , you will get a

“This facility should shut down immediately. The children should be moved to better staffed and better secured locations,” Abbott said. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that it could not comment on specific cases but “has a zero-tolerance policy Spokesman Patrick Crimmins said he did not immediately know if the state had received other abuse or neglect allegations at emergency sites for migrant youths in Texas. HHS has rushed to open large sites to house migrant children across the Southwest amid a sharp increase in crossings of unaccompanied

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) urged President Joe Biden to reinstate the immigration policies of former President Donald Trump after Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the beginning of an investigation into alleged child sex abuse at a facility used detain migrant children.

Jim Jordan holding a phone: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) speaks during a House Oversight and Reform Committee in Washington, D.C. on February 24, 2021. © Jim Watson/Getty Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) speaks during a House Oversight and Reform Committee in Washington, D.C. on February 24, 2021.

Abbott, a Republican, called on the Biden administration to shut down a detention center in San Antonio on Wednesday, while announcing that an investigation into "very credible" allegations of child sex abuse and neglect at the facility had begun.

1st news media allowed inside overcrowded migrant facility under Biden

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The Trump administration has sought to end the Obama- era policy since 2017. The Supreme Court took up the case after lower courts ruled that the Trump administration did not adequately explain why it was ending the programme, criticising the White House's "capricious" explanations. He called on voters to re-elect him in November to put more conservative judges in the court, should there be a vacancy. He also suggested that he would renew efforts to end the programme and "start the process all over again".

The Biden administration announced Friday it is terminating a Trump - era agreement that it said discouraged sponsors of unaccompanied migrant children, like parents or relatives, to come forward due to fear their information would be shared with immigration enforcement agencies.

Jordan, a close Trump ally, claimed that the "crisis" on the border could have been prevented if Trump's policies had remained intact during an appearance the same night on Fox News' Hannity. The GOP congressman called for a return to the policies after completing a two-day tour along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas with six other GOP members of the House Judiciary Committee.

"This is a problem, this is a crisis, this is chaos that could have been prevented if they'd kept in place the policies President Trump had in place that were actually working," Jordan said. "It could be stopped if we were to just put in place... keep in place the policies that were there under President Trump.

"President Trump called it a couple of weeks before he left office in January," added Jordan. "He said to the Democrats if you undo the policies we have in place, there will be a tidal wave of illegal immigrants on the border ... and there are all kinds of bad things are happening to kids on this journey."

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  Video shows smugglers dropping 2 children from 14-foot border fence into US Smugglers were caught on camera dropping two young children from the top of a 14-foot-high border fence separating the United States and Mexico, authorities said. Your browser does not support this video The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released video of two people bringing the children to the border barrier on the Mexico side on Tuesday night. One person is seen scaling the fence and dropping the children onto the U.S. side. After both children land on the ground, the person atop the fence climbs back down to the Mexico side before two people are seen running away. © U.S.

The Biden administration has moved swiftly to distance itself from Trump - era immigration policies , but at the US-Mexico border, a pandemic-related order put in place by former President Donald Trump remains in effect, allowing officials to continue to turn away thousands of migrants .

More than 170,000 migrants were caught by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the United States-Mexico border in March. Joe Biden tabbed Vice President Kamala Harris on March 24 to lead the administration's efforts in finding a solution for its immigration crisis. The tents, officially referred to as Emergency Intake Shelters, were set up at Fort Bliss in El Paso last month to house unaccompanied migrants amid an influx arriving at the US-Mexico border. Officials have refused to say how many migrants are currently being held at the army base but White House press secretary Jen Psaki said

A surge of migrants at the border since Biden took office, particularly unaccompanied minors, has resulted in heavy Republican criticism of the president's immigration policies.

The continued detention of migrant children, which also occurred under Trump, prompted bipartisan criticism of the Biden administration well before Abbott announced the child sex abuse investigation.

Jordan told host Sean Hannity that Customs and Border Protection agents had promised him that they would get the "chaos" at the border "under control" with a return to the Trump-era policies.

"The agents were clear, Sean, they said put in place the Remain in Mexico policy," Jordan said. "Continue to build the wall and we will stop this problem, get this thing under control and have the legal immigration that we're supposed to have. Not this illegal chaos and crisis that we now see on the border."

Kinder and gentler: Republicans soften tone on migrant crisis

  Kinder and gentler: Republicans soften tone on migrant crisis As President Joe Biden faces growing criticism over what could be the biggest migrant surge at the southwest border in two decades, Republicans are trying to channel former President Donald Trump’s stout defense of immigration control without repeating what many voters saw as a too-harsh tone on the issue. © Provided by Washington Examiner Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, called the conditions faced by migrant children intercepted at the border “tragic” and “horrific” after touring one of the facilities at which they are being housed. "In one enormous room, there are 2,200 cots. Each set out about 6 feet apart from one another.

An official tried to block Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) from recording after he turned up at a Customs and Border Protection detention center to film the inhumane conditions of migrants under the Biden administration. “You were instructed to ask us to not have any pictures taken here because the political leadership at DHS does not want the American people to know it,” he claimed, adding, “This is a dangerous place and your policies are unfortunately trying to hide them.” Cruz concluded, “I want to fix this situation and the administration you're working for is responsible for these conditions.

Miller, President Donald Trump 's lead immigration adviser and the architect of his hard-line immigration agenda, has shepherded some of the most restrictionist immigration policies -- and continues to do so -- with the intent of curtailing immigration to the US. But in the near future, the most urgent challenge for a Biden administration might be how to execute those promises, while acknowledging the potential for a spike in migrants at the US-Mexico border. The Trump administration implemented two major policies on the US-Mexico border that were unprecedented

Mark Meadows, Trump's former White House chief of staff, was interviewed by Hannity alongside Jordan. He echoed Jordan's call for a return to the former president's policies, saying that "now is the time to make sure that we go back to the policies that worked under President Donald Trump."

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment.

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