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.
Earlier on Monday, Nielsen defended the Trump administration's immigration policy, saying, "We will not apologize for the job we do, or for the job law enforcement does for doing the job that the American people expect us to do".
President Donald Trump's administration has repeatedly denied that its policy is to separate children from their parents when they cross the United States border illegally, but its own internal documents contradict that.
Attorney General Sessions has touted the family separation policy as a deterrent to illegal immigration.
The Trump administration has consistently denied having a specific policy to separate children from parents at the border, but an internal document published on Friday indicated just that.
When she said she hasn't heard the audio recording of children wailing and crying in one of the government's facilities, one reporter in the room began playing it aloud - though Nielsen didn't respond.
Cruz said his bill would build temporary shelters where immigrant families could stay together in cases where there was no threat to the children's safety, double the number of federal immigration judges and speed handling of asylum applications. But neither bill has much hope of securing enough support in the Republican-controlled Congress, let alone surviving Trump's veto pen.
CNN and Quinnipiac University each released polls on Monday showing that two-thirds of Americans oppose Trump's "zero tolerance" policy for border crossings that has led to children being taken from their parents.
Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, said the policy is "inconsistent with our American values," adding that "we need to fix our immigration laws, but using children is not the answer".
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"We do not have the luxury of pretending that all individuals coming to this country as a family unit are in fact a family", she said.
"Our only option is to not enforce the law". "This is not new", she said. Many of these families come from countries experiencing persecution and targeted violence, including Honduras and El Salvador.
Separating children from the parents is used as a measure to control those who try to enter the USA illegally.
Her "Be Best" platform, unveiled in May, is dedicated to children's well-being. That's a shift from previous policy, when parents were typically detained with their children, temporarily, then released to await a hearing in immigration court.
"I think that they reflect the focus of those who post such pictures and narratives". If you make a false immigration claim, we will prosecute you. The narratives we don't see are the narratives of the crime, of the opiods, of the smugglers, of people who are killed by gang members.
The border is "being overrun by those who have no right to cross it".
"The ports of entry for those seeking asylum have been blocked", he said.
"You do not need to break the laws of the United States to seek asylum".