World Sessions: Parents, children entering US illegally will be separated

00:06  08 may  2018
00:06  08 may  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Blitzer then probed more heavily, asking, “If you get some young kids who manage to sneak into the United States with their parents , are Department of Homeland Security personnel going to separate the children from their Moms and Dads?” To this, Kelly shockingly said, “ We have tremendous

This would include separating children and parents during interviews and processing. SIGN up for conservative daily post news alerts. Currently, when families with children are found to be entering the United States illegally , the families are housed together in special family detention units.

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"If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday at a law enforcement conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border."

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The US Department of Homeland Security is considering a plan to separate parents from their children if caught crossing the Mexico- US border illegally , according to DHS Secretary John Kelly.

The Trump administration is considering a plan that would see families separated after entering the US illegally , according to officials cited by media outlets. The move could keep children away from their parents for years.

Administration officials explain that the goal of the program is 100 percent prosecution of all who enter the US illegally. When adults are prosecuted and jailed, their children will be separated from them, just as would happen for a US citizen convicted and jailed.

"If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It's that simple," Sessions said.

Adults charged with illegal entry will be turned over to U.S. Marshals and sent directly to federal court. Their children will be transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, which refers them to relatives in the US or to shelters run by private organizations.

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But by referring immigrants caught illegally crossing for criminal charges, the move means that if an adult comes across the border with children , they will be separated from those children as they await their criminal proceedings.

The Trump administration is considered splitting up families who enter the United States illegally from Mexico. The proposed plan means families could face separation because parents would be held at detention facilities prior to being deported and their children would remain under protective custody

A first conviction for illegal entry carries a maximum jail term of six months.

The tougher enforcement policy is another attempt to reduce the flow of illegal immigration from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Customs and Border Protection says the number of attempted border crossings by people found to be inadmissible was three times higher in April than it was during the same month last year.

"We are dealing with a massive influx of illegal aliens across our Southwest Border," Sessions said. "But we're not going to stand for this."

Last week, he sent 35 federal prosecutors to the southwest border region and 18 immigration judges to help deal with the increase in border crossing cases.

The new approach applies only to people arrested for attempting to enter the US illegally. The children of adults who present themselves at a designated port of entry and seek asylum will not be separated from their parents, administration officials said.

Opponents of the tougher enforcement policy strongly condemned the new approach. "This administration is set on tearing families apart, detaining immigrants without justification," said Vedant Patel of the Democratic National Committee.

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