Politics ICE, Border Patrol at Senate hearing on family separations

15:36  31 july  2018
15:36  31 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Democratic senator to Trump officials: ‘Raise your hands’ if immigration policies a success

  Democratic senator to Trump officials: ‘Raise your hands’ if immigration policies a success A Democratic senator on Tuesday attempted to make several several Trump administration officials raise their hands when asked whether they believed President Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy was a "success.""Let me ask this panel, who here thinks that zero tolerance has been a success?" Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) asked a panel during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, in a video shared widely on social media. "You can just raise your hand if you think it's been a success.

What We Know: Family Separation And 'Zero Tolerance' At The Border . Facebook. Twitter. Friends, family and advocates can email ICE at Parental.Interests@ ice .dhs.gov or ORR at information@ORRNCC.com.

Ursula is one of the first places immigrants are taken to after being apprehended by Border Patrol —and now, the facility is the epicenter for the family separations that are occurring because of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy towards border crossers.

FILE - In this May 24, 2018, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Republican chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee want federal investigators to examine charges that immigrants have suffered sexual, physical and emotional abuse at two government agencies’ detention centers. Grassley of Iowa and California’s Dianne Feinstein have written to the inspectors general of the departments of Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services, that the allegations are “extremely disturbing and must be addressed. This is not a partisan issue. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 24, 2018, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Republican chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee want federal investigators to examine charges that immigrants have suffered sexual, physical and emotional abuse at two government agencies’ detention centers. Grassley of Iowa and California’s Dianne Feinstein have written to the inspectors general of the departments of Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services, that the allegations are “extremely disturbing and must be addressed. This is not a partisan issue. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding answers from federal immigration officials about the Trump administration's separation of migrant children from their families and its struggle to reunite them, a fraught effort that's drawn election-year criticism from both parties.

Caravan of "grannies" heads to border to protest family separations

  Caravan of About two dozen gray-haired "Grannies Respond​" activists kicked off their six-day road trip to Texas on TuesdayAbout two dozen gray-haired "Grannies Respond" activists kicked off their six-day road trip to McAllen, Texas, on Tuesday in New York City's Union Square, WCBS Newsradio reports. They'll make a total of seven stops along the way -- holding rallies and vigils in each city to express their outrage over immigrant families separated at the border.

Already, hundreds of children have been ripped from their families : 658 kids in the first 13 days of the program alone, Customs and Border Protection disclosed in a Senate subcommittee hearing Wednesday.

Last month, Steven Wagner, the acting assistant secretary of the administration for children and families (ACF), announced at a Senate hearing ICE agents approach Latino U.S. citizen, mistake him for undocumented immigrant - Продолжительность: 3:20 The Oregonian 2 048 583 просмотра.

But a hearing scheduled for Tuesday on the topic may have a wider focus after the committee's bipartisan leaders asked federal investigators to probe reports of sexual and other abuse of immigrants at government detention facilities.

Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and top panel Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California asked late Monday for an examination of alleged sexual, physical and emotional mistreatment of immigrants held at agency facilities, saying the problems may have been occurring since 2014 or earlier.

With President Donald Trump already under fire for taking thousands of migrant children from their detained parents — and botching the reunification of many — the request for the investigation elevated yet another issue to the administration's list of immigration headaches.

Caravan of "grannies" heads to border to protest family separations

  Caravan of About two dozen gray-haired "Grannies Respond​" activists kicked off their six-day road trip to Texas on TuesdayAbout two dozen gray-haired "Grannies Respond" activists kicked off their six-day road trip to McAllen, Texas, on Tuesday in New York City's Union Square, WCBS Newsradio reports. They'll make a total of seven stops along the way -- holding rallies and vigils in each city to express their outrage over immigrant families separated at the border.

"Every day we hear that parents are being separated from their children and are given different A Border Patrol spokesman said that the claims that these children were in any way inhumanely or " ICE is committed to connecting these family members as quickly as possible after separation so

Judge Sabraw has set a status hearing for July 6.[126] On July 6, the Trump administration asked for more time "What It's Like Inside a Border Patrol Facility Where Families Are Being Separated ". ^ "Udall Amendment Requires HHS Transparency on Family Separation ". www.tomudall. senate .gov.

"These allegations of abuse are extremely disturbing and must be addressed," Grassley and Feinstein wrote in a letter to the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services. "This is not a partisan issue as reporting suggests many have been occurring for years. Immigrant families and children kept in federal custody deserve to be treated with basic human dignity and respect and should never be subjected to these forms of abuse."

Set to testify Tuesday to the Judiciary panel were officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Border Patrol and other agencies.

Trump began a policy of "zero tolerance" this spring, prosecuting all migrants caught entering the U.S. without authorization. To help discourage border crossing, his administration also began separating children from their detained parents, rather than following the policy used by previous administrations, which generally released the entire family pending court action.

Ivanka Trump: Family separations issue 'was a low point'

  Ivanka Trump: Family separations issue 'was a low point' Ivanka Trump said Thursday the news of family separations at the border "was a low point" during her time in the White House. "That was a low point for me as well," she said Thursday, speaking at an Axios Newsmakers conversation on workforce development at the Newseum. "I felt very strongly about that and I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children so I would agree with that sentiment. Immigration is incredibly complex as a topic. Illegal immigration is incredibly complicated.

Chris Van Hollen of Maryland gives a statement about family separation after visiting the McAllen Border Patrol Processing Center in McAllen, Texas on June 17, 2018. Courtney Sacco, USA TODAY NETWORK.

Antonia Ferrier. @ahrferrier. Senate GOP flak, New Englander, lover of sarcasm. Washington, DC. And then there’s this interview with Border Patrol who says it’s not BP doing family separation , it’s ICE . So reps from the actual agencies can’t figure out who does what?! https

Under withering public rejection and criticism from congressional Democrats and Republicans alike, Trump stopped taking children from their parents. But of the more than 2,500 children held, hundreds were not reunited by last week. That includes more than 400 whose parents were deported.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego set a deadline of last Thursday to reunite the families. While he commended administration officials for reuniting many parents in its custody with their children, it faulted them for leaving hundreds of families still apart and warning that a better system must be in place.

Trump seized on the praise, tweeting Monday that "a highly respected Federal judge" had said that the "'Trump Administration gets great credit' for reuniting illegal families. Thank you, and please look at the previous administrations record - not good!"

The senators' letter, based on articles by The Associated Press and other news organizations, says the allegations suggest "a long-term pattern" of mistreatment. Those reports describe claims of abuse from this year dating back to before Trump took office.

Trump administration says ACLU — not government — should find deported parents

  Trump administration says ACLU — not government — should find deported parents The Trump administration is under a court order to reunite more than 2,500 children separated from their parents at the border, but Justice lawyers say advocacy groups should be responsible for finding parents who were deported.The administration reunited more than 1,400 children with their parents by a July 26 deadline imposed by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw. But the judge gave the government more time to reunite more complicated cases, including an estimated 431 children whose parents had already been deported.

I am glad that finally the Border Patrol under CBP is blamed for the chaos at the border . As bad as ICE might be, they have nothing to do with the separation of children from their parents and the transportation of children at the border .

Schultz' in Senate Hearing . Trending. Pirro on Protests vs. ICE , Trump: 'We're Witnessing the Evolution of a Socialist Coup'. Gidley said that building a border wall will help mitigate the issue of family separation because it will force families to go through points of entry.

The lawmakers want the inspectors general for the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services to investigate the abuse allegations immediately and to release any previous investigations into the charges. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a branch of Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services oversee the facilities.

The AP reported last month that children held at an immigration detention facility in Roanoke, Virginia, said they were beaten while handcuffed, locked in solitary confinement and left nude and cold in concrete cells.

A civil rights lawsuit has been filed alleging mistreatment at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center from 2015 to 2018. The alleged victims, Hispanic youths held for months or years, have submitted sworn statements in the case.

Lawyers for the facility have denied the alleged abuse. Many of the children have been accused by immigration officials of belonging to MS-13 and other violent gangs, an activity Trump has used to justify his "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting immigrants caught entering the country without permission.

The senators' letter also cited a New York Times report this month about two female migrants who described sexual abuse at detention facilities in Texas and Pennsylvania. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has reported 1,310 cases of sexual abuse against detainees from 2013 to 2017, the report said.

A June report by the website Dallas News described alleged sexual abuse at a detention center near Austin, Texas, in 2017. The Arizona Republic reported alleged inappropriate contact involving a teenage boy in 2015 and a girl who accused a staffer of making suggestive comments in 2017 at facilities in Glendale and Tucson, Arizona. The lawmakers' letter cited those reports as well.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Katie Waldman said agency officials perform their duties "professionally and humanely" and that the agency "is abiding by the intent and letter of law and maintains the highest standards care for individuals in our custody."

Border Patrol's first female chief on border-crossers, a wall and women in law enforcement .
Carla Provost, who served as acting chief of the Border Patrol for more than a year, on Thursday was named the first woman to lead the agency in its 94-year history. Provost, a former police officer in Kansas, joined the agency 23 years ago as an agent in Douglas, Ariz., rising through the ranks to become a supervisor in Yuma and El Paso. She also served as deputy assistant commissioner of Internal Affairs, which included overseeing compliance with Customs and Border Protection programs and policies involving corruption, misconduct or mismanagement. She became deputy chief of the Border Patrol in 2016.

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