Kamala Harris Calls On DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen To Resign

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President Donald Trump applauds alongside Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen during a Change of Command ceremony as Admiral Karl Schultz takes over from Admiral Paul Zukunft as the Commandant of the US Coast Guard at US Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, June 1, 2018.

Nielson said the Trump administration did not create the policy that separates families and inherited the problem from previous administrations, during Monday's briefing at the White House.

Nielsen said she hadn't heard the recordings, and in a follow-up was asked if that is the "image of children that you want out there".

The furor erupted after Sessions announced in May that the administration would start criminally prosecuting anyone caught entering the US illegally, including people who want to apply for legal asylum but do not present themselves at a legal port of entry. "Ten thousand of those now in custody were sent by their parents, with strangers, to undertake a completely risky and deadly travel alone", said Nielsen. Nielsen's second tweet - specifically saying "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border".

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In May, US 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. I would welcome their registrations, ' she said. We give them meals, we give them education, we give them medical care.

Statistics obtained by news media suggest that thousands more migrant families may have been separated by the Trump administration even prior to this new policy.

Both bills would provide legal status to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, make sweeping changes to legal immigration, and boost US border security. "The answer is that it's a law passed by U.S. Congress".

Her news conference punctuated a day in which Trump and Nielsen each struggled to defend the separation of immigrant children from their parents against mounting bipartisan criticism. This administration has a simple message: "If you cross the border illegally, we will prosecute you", Nielsen said earlier Monday. He insisted again that his family separation policy was the effect of "horrible laws" that the opposition party refused to agree to change.

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"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility, it won't be", Trump said.

"If an adult enters at a port of entry and claims asylum, they will not face prosecution for illegal entry. We will have a system where those who need to apply for asylum can do so and those who want to come to this country will apply legally", he said. If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you.

"The children are not being used as a pawn, we are trying to protect the children", she said.

Nielsen also addressed some of her remarks directly at lawmakers as they are expected to vote on immigration legislation in the House this week.

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