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16,330. 6/18/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DHS/GOP/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Republicans are growing anxious over President Donald Trump’s policy to break up families at the border — and now even his closest allies are trying to help find a way out of a growing political crisis. With the White House refusing to reverse the practice and demanding Congress step into the fray instead, one of Trump’s closest allies is offering a narrowly targeted bill seeking to ensure immigrant parents are not separated from their kids while they are in Department of Homeland Security custody. Rep. Mark Meadows, the head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, is offering a new bill that that would allow children to be detained indefinitely with their parents, would raise the threshold for asylum seekers and is a far more limited in scope than two other pieces of legislation GOP leaders hope to bring to the floor this week. The Meadows bill is the latest sign that Republicans across the spectrum are eager to find a quick legislative fix to stanch the bipartisan uproar amid images of young children being housed in detention facilities along the southern border with Mexico. But the party is badly divided on how to respond — and whether Trump should just fix the matter himself.”

-Manu Raju and Lauren Fox, “Key Trump allies seek way out of immigration crisis,” CNN Politics,, June 18, 2018 9:10 pm

16,329. 6/18/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy and resulting separations of undocumented parents and kids is exploding into the most emotive and politically unpredictable test yet of President Donald Trump’s effort to change the character of America. As outrage grows over traumatic stories of families being torn apart, the big question this week in Washington is how long the controversial practice will be politically sustainable amid a wave of criticism. A related issue is whether Trump will pay a political price for his false claim that the separations are the fault of Democrats, and not the result of his own administration’s change in how undocumented immigrants are treated. Those questions are likely to be shaped by increasing calls for the administration to consider the morality of separating families. It’s not just the usual Democrats who are criticizing the administration — some prominent Republicans, including first lady Melania Trump and former first lady Laura Bush, religious leaders and influential figures in Trump’s conservative evangelical base are also speaking out.”

-Stephen Collinson and Lauren Fox, “Outrage grows as families are separated. Will Trump change his policy?,” CNN Politics,, June 18, 2018 8:59 pm

16,328. 6/18/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/GOP/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump and his Cabinet are refusing to publicly back down from their intensely controversial practice of separating migrant families at the border, despite pressure from fellow Republicans to ease up on what critics are calling a heartless policy…Trump hit back at the criticism during a space policy event at the White House later on Monday [6-18-18], saying the family separations are ‘so sad’ and falsely stating that ‘we’re stuck with these horrible laws…’ Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen fiercely defended the child separation policy on Monday while delivering speeches at the National Sheriffs’ Association‘s annual conference in New Orleans…The defiant posture comes amid a torrent of criticism as stories and images have emerged of young children being ripped from their immigrant parents’ arms and put in detention facilities akin to prisons.”

-Louis Nelson, “Defiant Trump refuses to back off migrant family separations,” Politico, June 18, 2018 6:22 pm

16,327. 6/18/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DEMS/IMMIGRATION/POLLS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the Trump administration’s practice of taking undocumented immigrant children from their families and putting them in government facilities on US borders, according to a CNN poll conducted by SSRS. Only 28% approve. But among Republicans, there is majority support for the policy that has resulted in an uptick of children being separated from their families. The separations are the end result of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of criminally charging people who cross the border illegally. The new poll numbers follow harsh criticism that President Donald Trump and the Republican Party are receiving after implementing the new policy…The controversial policy does have support in subgroups, particularly among Republicans, 58% of whom approve of it. Outside the GOP there is much less support. Just 5% of Democrats and 27% of independents approve. Sixty-two percent of the people who approve of the job Trump is doing as President also approve of the immigration policy and so do 51% of self-described conservatives.”

-Grace Sparks, “Majority oppose policy that causes family separation, but Republicans approve,” CNN Politics,, June 18, 2018 4:39 pm

16,326. 8/18/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/ELECTIONS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Top aides to President Donald Trump are planning additional crackdowns on immigration before the November midterms, despite a growing backlash over the administration’s move to separate migrant children from parents at the border. Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and a team of officials from the Justice Department, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of Management and Budget have been quietly meeting for months to find ways to use executive authority and under-the-radar rule changes to strengthen hard-line U.S. immigration policies, according to interviews with half a dozen current and former administration officials and Republicans close to the White House. The goal for Miller and his team is to arm Trump with enough data and statistics by early September to show voters that he fulfilled his immigration promises — even without a physical border wall or any other congressional measure, said one Republican close to the White House. Among the fresh ideas being circulated: tightening rules on student visas and exchange programs; limiting visas for temporary agricultural workers; making it harder for legal immigrants who have applied for any welfare programs to obtain residency; and collecting biometric data from visitors from certain countries.”

-Nancy Cook, “Trump aides plan fresh immigration crackdowns before midterms,” Politico, June 18, 2018 4:34 pm

16,325. 6/18/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DEMS/DHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday [6-18-18] called for the resignation of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as a result of immigration policy that has resulted in family separations at the US border…The Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy at the border has resulted in thousands of family separations. The policy hasn’t deterred immigrants from trying to enter the country illegally, internal Department of Homeland Security documents obtained by CNN show Monday. Harris has previously criticized the separation of undocumented children from their parents, calling it “human rights abuse” — and has frequently and famously butted heads with Nielsen and her predecessor John Kelly. But Monday’s statement marks the first time the Democratic senator has called for the DHS secretary’s resignation, her office confirmed to CNN. The administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy has sparked a backlash from Democrats and condemnation from some Republicans as well, including former first lady Laura Bush, who called it ‘cruel’ and ‘immoral’ in a Washington Post op-ed.”

-Clare Foran, “Harris calls for DHS secretary to resign over family separations at the border,” CNN Politics,, June 18, 2018 4:02 pm

16,324. 6/18/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DEMS/GOP/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker directed the state National Guard not to send any assets or personnel to the US-Mexico border because of the Trump administration’s ‘inhumane treatment’ of children, communications director Lizzy Guyton said in a statement. ‘I think it’s cruel and inhumane, and we told the National Guard to hold steady and to not go down to the border, period,’ Baker told CNN affiliate WHDH. ‘We won’t be supporting that initiative unless they change the policy.’ Baker, a moderate Republican in a largely Democratic state, was one of several prominent Republicans to come out against the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy toward immigrants. In addition, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, signed an executive order Monday [6-18-18] limiting use of state resources ‘to separate children from parents or legal guardians on sole ground of immigration status.’ New York state will also not deploy the National Guard to the border, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, citing the treatment of families at the border as a ‘moral outrage and an affront to the values that built this state and this nation.'”

-Eric Levenson, “Massachusetts won’t deploy National Guard to border over ‘cruel’ treatment of children,” CNN Politics,, June 18, 2018 3:51 pm

16,322. 6/18/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DEMS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Undaunted and unapologetic, President Donald Trump defended his administration’s border-protection policies Monday [6-18-18] in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. Tough action is needed to fight illegal immigration, he declared and the U.S. ‘will not be a migrant camp’ on his watch. Besides, the Democrats are to blame, not him, Trump insisted as images of children held in fenced cages fueled a growing chorus of condemnation from both political parties, four former first ladies and national evangelical leaders. The children are being held separately from parents who have been arrested under the administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy for illegal border crossings…Underscoring the sensitivity of the family separation issue, language curbing the taking of immigrant children from parents held in custody will be added to the House’s conservative immigration bill, one House GOP aide said Monday, A similar provision is already in a compromise GOP immigration measure between party conservatives and moderates, with the House expected to vote on both late this week. The administration is hoping to force Democrats to vote for the bills or bear some of the political cost in November’s midterm elections.”

-Zeke Miller, “Trump digs in on immigration as national outrage rises,” The Associated Press, June 18, 2018 3:06 pm

16,321. 6/18/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/GOP/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senate Republicans are openly admonishing the Trump administration’s practice of separating families at the border…Whether the blistering statements will manifest themselves into legislation remains to be seen. Such action would require GOP members to directly defy Trump, something the party has been hesitant to pursue in an election year. And the Senate has already had a bruising fight over immigration earlier this year that resulted in no legislation advancing, making a possible return to debating the subject all the more significant. But saying nothing no longer seems like an option. After a weekend of lawmaker visits to detention centers, images of children behind metal fencing and a growing awareness of what President Donald Trump’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy actually means along the border, a small number of Republican senators are calling for changes. Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah and the longest serving GOP senator in history, called the practice of separating families at the border ‘wrong…’ While Trump has blamed family separations on Democrats, the reality is it is a direct effect of the Trump administration’s decision to criminally prosecute immigrants coming across the border even if they are traveling with children.”

-Lauren Fox, “Senate Republicans did not want another immigration fight. Now they might not have a choice.,” CNN Politics,, June 18, 2018 2:58 pm

16,320. 6/18/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DEMS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Democratic lawmakers joined protesters outside immigration detention facilities in New Jersey and Texas on Sunday [6-17-18] for Father’s Day demonstrations against the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border…The events came as news stories highlighting the family separations intensified political pressure on the White House, even from some of President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans. U.S. officials said on Friday [6-15-18] that nearly 2,000 children were separated from adults at the border between mid-April and the end of May. In May, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a ‘zero tolerance’ policy in which all those apprehended entering the United States illegally, including those seeking asylum, would be criminally charged, which generally leads to children being separated from their parents. Administration officials have defended the tactic as necessary to secure the border and suggested it would act as a deterrent to illegal immigration.”

-Joseph Ax, “Democrats, activists rally against Trump’s family separation policy,” Reuters, June 18, 2018 2:00 pm

16,319. 6/18/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/JEFF SESSION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the Trump administration’s separation of children from their parents who cross into the U.S. illegally and suggested the policy could be ended as part of broader immigration legislation that may be voted on this week. Mr. Sessions in May announced a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy of detaining adults attempting to cross into the U.S. at the southern border, which has resulted in the division of families traveling with children, as part of a broader effort to deter adults pursuing asylum from violence in Central America. On Monday [6-18-18] at a sheriffs’ conference, Mr. Sessions suggested ways that the policy could be ended. ‘If we build the wall, if we pass some legislation, we close some loopholes, we won’t face these terrible choices,’ he said. He added that the policy was intended to ‘end the lawlessness’ at the southern border. The president is set to meet with lawmakers on Monday and Tuesday [6-19-18] ahead of a pair of House immigration votes tentatively scheduled for this week that include potential funding for border security as well as addressing the fate of young undocumented immigrants dubbed ‘Dreamers.'”

-Louise Radnofsky and Natalie Andrews, “Trump Administration Defends Family-Separation Policy,” The Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2018 12:58 pm 

16,311. 6/18/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country. Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border. It is historic, with some countries the most dangerous places in the world. Not going to happen in the U.S.”

-Donald Trump,, June 18, 2018 8:50 am

16,306. 6/18/2018

CHILDREN/DEMS/DHS/GOP/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Republicans are lining up two measures for potential floor votes – both a conservative bill and one that is the product of negotiations involving centrists in the chamber. But prospects for some kind of legislative breakthrough have been imperiled by controversy over the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy, which has led to the separation of immigrant children from adults at the southern border. The Department of Homeland Security has separated 1,995 immigrant children from 1,940 adults at the border between mid-April and the end of May, sparking a public outcry Republicans didn’t expect to be grappling with as they tried a last-ditch effort to pass a bill to beef up border security and potentially find some sort of legal status for the ‘dreamers.’ Suddenly the dreamers, those brought to the U.S. as children, and the wall are no longer the biggest flashpoints in the debate. The White House has hit back forcefully against a wave of criticism, with the president suggesting that Democrats are actually to blame for his policy. The White House press shop released a statement Friday [6-15-18] faulting Democrats for the separation of American families who have been victims of crime by illegal immigrants. And in a tweet last night, the president doubled down on his effort to put Democrats on the spot.”

-Joshua Jamerson, “GOP Nears Moment of Truth on Immigration,” The Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2018 7:13 am

16,301. 6/17/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Leading figures of both parties demanded on Sunday [6-17-18] that President Trump halt his administration’s practice of separating children from their parents when apprehended at the border, as the issue further polarized the already divisive immigration debate in Washington. Republican lawmakers, the former first lady Laura Bush, a conservative newspaper and a onetime adviser to Mr. Trump joined Democrats in condemning family separations that have removed nearly 2,000 children from their parents in just six weeks. The administration argued that it was just enforcing the law, a false assertion that Mr. Trump has made repeatedly. The issue took on special resonance on Father’s Day as Democratic lawmakers visited detention facilities in Texas and New Jersey to protest the separations and the House prepared to take up immigration legislation this week. Pictures of children warehoused without their parents in facilities, including a converted Walmart store, have inflamed passions and put the administration on the defensive. Mr. Trump did not directly address the family separations on Sunday, saying only that Democrats should work with Republicans on border security legislation.”

-Peter Baker, “Leading Republicans Join Democrats in Pushing Trump to Halt Family Separations,” The New York Times online, June 17, 2018

16,284. 6/15/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The US government has separated at least 2,000 children from parents at the border since implementing a policy that results in such family separations, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed Friday [6-15-18]. From April 19 through May 31 of this year, 1,995 minors traveling with 1,940 adults who said they were the children’s guardians were separated due to the policy, Department of Homeland Security spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters on a conference call. The call was largely to defend the administration’s decision to charge every adult caught crossing the border illegally with federal crimes, as opposed to referring those with children mainly to immigration courts, as previous administrations did. The officials used the opportunity, otherwise on the condition of anonymity, to accuse the press of spreading falsehoods about the policy. Because the government is charging the parents in the criminal justice system, children are separated from them, with no clear procedure for their reunification aside from hotlines the parents can call to try to track their children down.”

-Tal Kopan, “DHS: 2,000 children separated at border,” CNN Politics,, June 15, 2018 3:50 pm

16,276. 6/15/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DEMS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda. Any Immigration Bill MUST HAVE full funding for the Wall, end Catch & Release, Visa Lottery and Chain, and go to Merit Based Immigration. Go for it! WIN!”

-Donald Trump,, June 15, 2018 12:08 pm

16,248. 6/14/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/PAUL RYAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday [6-14-18] said he’s not comfortable with the Trump administration’s push to separate migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, even as he refused to blame President Donald Trump on the issue. ‘We don’t want kids to be separated from their parents,’ Ryan told reporters, before arguing that the courts were at fault and that legislation was needed to stop what critics decry as ‘barbaric’ behavior. But the policy stems from the White House — part of a wider Trump administration effort to crack down on illegal immigration and what White House chief of staff John Kelly has defended as a ‘tough deterrent.’ House Republicans unveiled new immigration legislation Thursday that includes a provision that would keep families together — but in a way that‘s anathema to most immigrant-rights backers. The measure would override existing protections for children and allow them to be held with their parents or guardians in detention centers, according to a copy of the bill obtained by POLITICO.”

-Heather Caygle, Rachael Bade and Ted Hesson, “Ryan breaks with Trump on splitting families at the border,” Politico, June 14, 2018 5:47 pm

16,244. 6/14/2018

CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TEXAS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration has selected federal land in Texas as a place to temporarily house unaccompanied immigrant children, as the agency seeks more capacity amid the increasing number of families separated at the border because of the administration’s policies. In a statement, the office that handles child settlement within the Health and Human Services Department said it had chosen a location in Texas to handle the influx. Based on laws and court rulings, undocumented immigrant children are turned over to HHS for care if they arrive in the US without a parent or guardian or are separated from one. CNN reported in May that the Trump administration had decided to refer anyone found crossing into the US illegally for federal prosecution, meaning that adults coming across the border with children will be separated from them as the parents await their criminal proceedings. The move is expected to lead to a sharp uptick in the number of children separated from parents at the border. HHS has previously said it is operating near capacity and is searching for additional locations to house the children.”

-Tal Kopan, “Texas port of entry chosen as temporary shelter for unaccompanied children,” CNN Politics,, June 14, 2018 4:27 pm

16,238. 6/14/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DEMS/GOP/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Family separations at the border have become a political football. Lawmakers and party leaders in Congress are increasingly fighting over how best to address the issue — blaming each other for the heart-wrenching situation. House Speaker Paul Ryan argued Thursday [6-14-18] that Congress should step up and resolve the problem with a legislative fix, while the top Democrat in the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, said the onus is on the Trump administration to simply reverse its policy that spurred the situation. The Trump administration recently started implementing a policy of prosecuting all adults caught illegally crossing the US-Mexico border. Once the adults are referred to the criminal justice system, any children with them are taken into government custody, essentially becoming ‘unaccompanied minors.’ Republicans are blaming a longstanding court ruling and subsequent court settlement that governs how children can be treated in detention. The settlement means that children can’t be detained longer than a few days to a few weeks, depending on certain factors. Previously, the administration would thus release families together under monitoring. The Trump administration is opting in certain cases to release only the children.”

-Ashley Killough and Tal Kopan, “Lawmakers disagree over how to solve family separation at the border,” CNN Politics,, June 14, 2018 2:47 pm

15,994. 6/5/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DEMS/IMMIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The tough new ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy enacted by President Donald Trump has led to a general outcry about how the US treats undocumented children, separating them from their parents at the border. Democrats in particular have been raising alarms about the policy, which Trump Cabinet officials say is just enforcing the law and should serve as a deterrent to illegal immigration. But Trump doesn’t want you to blame him for enacting the policy that literally divides families and places children in the custody of the government, potentially for extended period of time while their parents are prosecuted. CNN documented the case of Maria Villatoro, a Guatemalan mother who said she fled deadly violence in Guatemala only to land in detention in Texas and has four children in detention, ranging in age from 2-20 and spread between California and New York. Read this story. But it’s not Trump’s fault, he tweeted Tuesday, even though he enacted the policy. Blame the Democrats, who are saying it’s inhumane, according to the President’s logic: ‘Separating families at the Border is the fault of bad legislation passed by the Democrats,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘Border Security laws should be changed but the Dems can’t get their act together! Started the Wall.’It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Trump has enacted a policy that caused a national (or international) outcry, and then tried to foist blame elsewhere.”

-Z. Byron Wolf, “Donald Trump’s ‘don’t blame me’ strategy extends to splitting immigrant families,” CNN Politics,, June 5, 2018 2:56 pm

15,923. 6/4/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/DHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The White House was thrown into turmoil after a handful of photographs of school-aged immigrant children, held behind fences in detention centers, ignited on social media. President Donald Trump and top aides including policy adviser Stephen Miller felt deeply frustrated that these images, which dated back to the Obama administration, were getting pinned on them, according to people familiar with the reaction. So they created a special working group to do what this White House does best — push back and shift blame to Democrats through presidential tweets and a rare on-the-record briefing by Miller. In reality, Trump’s own administration has increased the likelihood of family separation with a new policy to refer anyone suspected of crossing the border illegally for prosecution, including asylum seekers. The change is in keeping with the ‘shock and awe’ tactics favored by top White House policy aide Stephen Miller, the architect of last year’s travel ban, which was initially blocked by courts after creating widespread chaos at airports. The shift has brought tensions to a boil between some administration officials and the White House over how far they can push immigration policy, both legally and politically.”

-Nancy Cook and Ted Hesson, “Blowback over border separations amps up tensions inside Trump administration,” Politico, June 4, 2018 5:05 am

15,868. 5/31/2018

BORDER/CHILDREN/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is pushing changes in immigration laws to make it easier to jail and quickly deport children who cross the border illegally. He also wants to make it harder to pursue asylum. To him, these are legal ‘loopholes’ that Congress needs to close to stop illegal immigration. But these proposals are even harder to enact than his controversial border wall, in the face of widespread Democratic and some Republican opposition…This month, the Trump administration announced it would separate migrant children from their families so that parents can be jailed and prosecuted for crossing the border illegally. Administration officials say they wouldn’t have to do that if the laws were changed. The Obama White House, faced with a surge of child and family migrants, proposed some of the same policy changes. In 2014, as the number of children and families arriving at the southwest border soared, the administration decided to jail families, rather than release them into the country with instructions to appear at a court hearing later. That practice generally came to an end when a federal court ruled that jailing children for more than about 20 days, even with their parents, violated a 1997 court settlement known as the Flores agreement, which resulted from an earlier court challenge to government procedures around the detention and treatment of children. Now the Trump administration wants Congress to overturn the Flores agreement so it can resume family detention. Absent that, it says it has no choice but to separate families so that the adults can be jailed and prosecuted.”

– Laura Meckler, “Trump Presses Congress to Allow Fast Deportations, Jailing for Children,” The Wall Street Journal, May 31, 2018 2:30 pm