'We will not apologize': Trump DHS chief defends immigration policy

'We will not apologize': Trump DHS chief defends immigration policy

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says officials will not apologize for enforcing immigration laws that result in the separation of children from their parents.

In disseminating all of this nonsense, members of the administration have revealed their ultimate goal: they're tearing these families apart and holding children hostage to pressure Democrats into signing onto a draconian House immigration bill that may or may not come to the floor this week, and which Democrats say they won't support.

Nielsen's second tweet - specifically saying "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. No more free passes, no more get out of jail free cards". "Surely it is the beginning of the unraveling of democracy when the body who makes the laws, rather than changing them, asks the body who enforces the laws not to enforce the laws".

She said the "vast majority" of children being held in the detention facilities were sent to the United States alone by their parents.

Trump had previously tried to blame the policy on Democrats, but over the weekend his Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kristjen Nielsen, flat out denied that such a policy existed. According to this policy, the Department of Homeland Security will refer "100 percent of illegal Southwest Border crossings to the Department of Justice for prosecution". "We don't want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!"

No previous administration has interpreted this as requiring the separation of parents from their children, instead releasing families with court dates for immigration proceedings and various monitoring tactics. "If you smuggle aliens. we will prosecute you". CNN is looking into reports that these individuals are being turned away there, as well.

Nielsen stressed that families seeking asylum at border entries are not breaking the law. She is, after all, a "Bush person" and per the Times excerpt above she's only a grudging supporter of the separation policy.

A "zero tolerance" policy from Attorney General Jeff Sessions mandates all border-crossers be treated as criminals.

Nielsen echoed these points during her prepared remarks. "Are you intending to send a message?"

Trump lashed out at his Cabinet, and Nielsen in particular, when told that the number of people arrested for illegally crossing the Mexico border topped 50,000 for the second consecutive month. Before the briefing, some reporters in attendance had been listening to audio obtained by ProPublica of 10 Central American child migrants reacting with grief and confusion after being separated from their parents at the border. She made her choice.

Ed Markey tweeted late Sunday night in a response to Nielsen, adding that "you are directly responsible for unimaginable amounts of misery".

"As (GOP Rep. Steve Scalise) said, it is an issue that every one of the last four administration has faced".