Elected officials from MA are calling out President Donald Trump's top Homeland Security official for her defense of the administration's decision to separate immigrant children from their families at the border.
The reporter then challenged Nielsen on her previous claim that the children are all being well-cared for, saying "how can you make that claim if you don't know where they are?"
"I ask that you take immediate action to end the practice of separating children from families at the border", Yoder says in the letter. But no longer, she said, will parents get a free pass.
The DHS policy triggered a lawsuit in February; almost a year earlier, members of the Trump administration had floated the idea of separating families as a potential deterrent. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart", her spokeswoman said in a statement.
Several prominent Democrats spent Father's Day crisscrossing the Rio Grande Valley in Texas to meet with US border authorities and tour detention centers for apprehended children, including a former Walmart Inc. store that's been converted into a shelter for nearly 1,500 immigrant boys.
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John Moore/Getty ImagesA Honduran mother with her daughter shortly before they are separated at the US-Mexico border. "It could take place quickly".
The skirmish is an escalation of the dispute embroiling the Trump administration and members of Congress, including some Republicans, over its policy causing the separation of thousands of migrant families crossing the border in recent months. If the Democrats would sit down, instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly, good for the children, good for the country, good for the world. That is correct. But under USA protocol, if parents are jailed, their children are separated from them because the children aren't charged with a crime.
"I hate the children being taken away", he said Friday.
Nielsen's unexpected appearance at the daily briefing capped days of harrowing coverage of the plight of at least 2,000 children who have been separated from their parents at the USA border.
Nielsen stressed that families seeking asylum at border entries are not breaking the law.
Children whose parents are referred for prosecution will be placed with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). She goes right at the administration's critics: "We will not apologize for the job we do, or the job law enforcement does, or the job the American people expect us to do".