Trump contradicts his own DHS secretary on abusive child separation policy

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U.S. President Donald Trump takes remarks out of his jacket as her prepares to address a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 18, 2018.

Based on Homeland Security policy and what CBS News has seen in person, claims that all kids are being separated from their parents at the border is false.

"The government should be in the business of keeping families together, not tearing them apart", Harris said in her statement.

He added, "We don't have to prosecute them, but then we're not prosecuting them for coming in illegally". "I hate the children being taken away", he said Friday.

Trump and administration officials have said the policy, which was not practiced by the two previous presidents, is needed to secure the border and deter illegal immigration.

The separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border has drawn a barrage of criticism, targeting the policy instituted last month by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. I would welcome their registrations, ' she said. We give them meals and we give them education and we give them medical care.

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Both bills would provide legal status to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, make sweeping changes to legal immigration, and boost US border security.

The secretary claimed the policy was meant to push back against MS-13 gang members, but Brzezinski said 2-year-old girls were not violent gangsters, and she disputed Nielsen's insistence that the policy was a law.

Trump has repeatedly defended the policy and on Tuesday tweeted that "Democrats are the problem".

After that, Nielsen once again walked through the administration's wishlist for changing immigration laws - including targeting sanctuary city policies, changing the threshold for qualifying for asylum to be much higher, and reversing many protections for children allowing them to be detained for longer or deported immediately.

While parents are held in jail, their children are sent to separate detention facilities, some in remote locations.

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"Unfortunately, because we have an incredibly low standard for claiming credible fear as part of the asylum process, our generosity is being abused", she said.

"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility", Trump vowed.

That stance is at odds with with a 2009 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy, which says that asylum-seekers who are not at risk of flight and don't pose a danger to society should be released on parole while their case unfolds.

"We don't have a balanced view of what is happening", she said.

"If an adult enters at a port of entry and claims asylum, they will not face prosecution for illegal entry".

That's from WaPo, which reported in the same piece that Trump is known to tell aides that Nielsen's "not tough enough" and that she's a "Bush person".

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The president also accused illegal immigrants of endangering the lives of their children by sending them unaccompanied to the US. Pat Roberts said he was "against using parental separation as a deterrent to illegal immigration ".

How did the Obama administration handle this issue?