Former CIA Head Compares Trump’s Border Separation Policy to Nazi Germany

Former CIA Head Compares Trump’s Border Separation Policy to Nazi Germany

On Friday afternoon, Trump tweeted, but it did little to settle the question of where he officially stood on the compromise legislation.

"Individual children are separated from their parents only when those parents cross the border illegally and are arrested".

The campaign-season tumult erupted as GOP leaders put finishing touches on a pair of Republican bills: a hard-right proposal and a middle-ground plan negotiated by the party's conservative and moderate wings.

Sessions and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have defended the policy as a sound, and biblical, decision to enforce the law.

But later, the White House walked back that rejection, saying the president was "confused" and would sign the bill.

It came the day after his administration said that it had taken almost 2,000 children away from their parents in a six-week period ending last month, as part of a new zero tolerance policy that refers for criminal prosecution all immigrants apprehended crossing the border without authorization.

The White House says President Donald Trump does indeed support an immigration bill crafted by House leadership that he said he wouldn't sign in a morning interview.

The Trump administration argues that the Flores settlement means children must be separated from their parents because they can not be held in custody with their parents who face prosecution for crossing the border illegally.

"House Republicans are not going to take on immigration without the support and endorsement of President Trump", McHenry said.

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"The "zero tolerance" prosecution policy driving the separation of families isn't addressed in the White House 2.0 bill, so it can't even begin to claim that it will halt family separation", said Tom Jawetz, the vice president for immigration policy at the Center for American Progress.

Democrats have latched onto the issue and vowed to fight in the court of public opinion, with leaders planning trips to the border to highlight the stories of separated families, already the focus of news media attention. "I think it's a awful election point".

Confronted by moderate Republicans demanding they take up immigration bills, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and his leadership team had teed up votes on two measures next week: a hard-line draft written by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and legislation billed as a compromise between the moderate and conservative factions of the House Republican conference. "I really think that everybody should be able to get behind this message that these families belong together and they shouldn't be separated in this way".

If Republicans come together, the bill would need to attract Democratic support to pass the Senate.

Republican leaders this week announced a plan to vote on two immigration bills next week.

"Ripping children out of their parents' arms to inflict harm on the child to influence the parents", he added, "is unacceptable".

The Trump administration is also arguing that its zero-tolerance policy is a byproduct of a dysfunctional immigration system created by Democrats. Signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008, the legislation ensures that unaccompanied children who arrive at the US-Mexico border are "exempt from prompt return to their home country", unless those countries are Canada or Mexico.

But advocates inside the administration, most prominently Stephen Miller, Mr. Trump's senior policy adviser, never gave up on the idea. The folks might forget what the president said, but they'll remember how you voted. Because of a 1997 court settlement that bars children from being imprisoned with parents, Justice Department officials now say they have no choice but to isolate the children.

The interviewer had specifically asked whether he would sign "either one" of the two bills Republicans lined up for votes next week.

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