On May 16, Senator Kamala Harris criticised the "immoral" policy of "separating parents from their children", in response to which Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen insisted that "anyone who breaks the law will be prosecuted", and that their children would, naturally, "go to HHS for care and custody".
The numbers for 2018 are still consistent with Obama administration years - slightly below fiscal years 2013 and 2014 but slightly above 2015 and 2016.
"We're here today to protest the Trump/Pence administration's practice of separating asylum-seeking parents and their young children at the border, said Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for ACLU of Indiana Katie Blair".
Immigration is gaining as a hot issue ahead of midterm elections, which will determine whether Republicans continue to control the House and Senate.
The situation is "serious and urgent" and carries a "risk of irreparable harm" for those separated, they argue in the request, which asks the human rights commission to order the USA government to immediately reunite these five families and end the "systematic practice" of separating migrant families at the border.
The policy aims to stem a surge of poor families mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras pouring into the United States. Dems must agree to Wall and new Border Protection for good of country.
"If you come here illegally, whether you're single, whether you have a family, whether you're a smuggler or whether you're a trafficker, you've broken the law, so we're prosecuting", she said.
These children are missing only in the crudest nobody-responded-to-phone-calls sense. Under the new policy, parents are charged with "illegal entry" even if they are asylum seekers. More children are expected to be separated from their parents as a result.
A 2008 law, passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush, says children traveling alone from countries other than Mexico or Canada must be released in the "least restrictive setting" - often to family or a government-run shelter - while their cases slowly wind through immigration court. "If he thinks it's so disgusting then he ought to just end it and not make the children a negotiating tool", said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project.
Trump foes made their own missteps in the debate.
Rocketto, the campaigner, says that sobbing children, including toddlers, have been "ripped away" as their parents are being handcuffed. A Facebook event for the Jericho Walk to #EndFamilySeparation asserts that with the new forced separation policy and other DHS practices, "The Trump administration has one goal in mind: to terrorize immigrant families".
How or why the story resurfaced on social media four years after it was published is unclear.
"ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has been targeting immigrants on the southern border, but under this new Trump administration policy, ICE has become much more aggressive, especially when it comes to separating parents from their children", Leonor said. "Bipartisan Bill!" Trump commented on Tuesday.
The former officials doubled down on their criticisms of Trump's immigration policies, and said the 2014 photos showed unaccompanied children the government had been attempting to place with family members. Republican leadership has consistently told conservatives pushing the bill that it would not have almost enough Republican votes to pass.
"Plus, we have the problem of people fraudulently claiming to be parents when, in fact, they're not", he added, saying the agreement would give the agency better tools to check sponsors' backgrounds and verify their identities.
Officials also Tuesday they are planning more thorough screening of both minor children and their sponsors, including a fingerprint background check of every sponsor.