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U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Rips Trump Over Child Detention Policy

20 June 2018

Under the policy, Central and South Americans who were detained after crossing the border illegally were released into the United States on a promise to appear at an immigration hearing, typically months later.

The administration has claimed there is no policy of separation.

"It is not just that America is a nation of immigrants - it is that since our founding we have embraced certain core values".

The act does not mandate family separations. For those who come with families, their children are removed from them.

"We need you, those children need you -and I am talking directly to my Republican colleagues- we need you to stand up to President Donald Trump", he said. "Rather, its implementation and its execution are taking place exclusively at your direction, and the unfolding tragedy falls squarely on your shoulders".

Over the weekend, protesters rallied against the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration crackdown, accusing White House and United States immigration officials of cruelty.

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Four former first ladies have joined the current one, Melania Trump, in voicing opposition to the Trump administration's move to separate families at the US-Mexico border.

Chris Sosa is the Senior Editor at AlterNet.

The "zero tolerance" policy has led to the separation of nearly 2,000 children from their parents at the border over the past six weeks. Enacted earlier this year, the administration's policy dictates that every adult caught illegally crossing the US southern border face criminal prosecution. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", Mrs. "We need borders, we need security, we need safety", Mr. Trump said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the objective of order".

The administration could end the policy at any time.

The separations stem from a policy that turns all cases of people trying to enter the country illegally over for criminal prosecution.

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Democrat representative Mark Pocan, from Wisconsin, who joined senators Merkley and Van Hollen in Texas, said that he thought Mr Trump believed the policy was popular with his political base. As a result, children found making the illegal crossings along with those adults have been separated and sent to detention centers.

The family separations, highlighted by videos of youngsters detained in cages and an audiotape of wailing children, have sparked an outcry at home and strong condemnation overseas.

Two-thirds of the country, 66 percent, opposes Trump's policy, according to a poll from Quinnipiac University.

Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU), anxious about losing votes to a new right-wing party in an October regional election, wants a ban on admitting migrants into Germany who have already registered in another EU country. "Children belong with their families", he said.

Almost 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Mr Sessions announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.

A chorus of critics - rights groups, Christian evangelicals, former US first ladies and some within the president's own Republican party - are demanding an immediate end to the family separations.

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U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Rips Trump Over Child Detention Policy