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Sen.: Family separation is 'official kidnapping, child abuse'

01 August 2018

Republicans in Congress are planning to push a fight over Donald Trump's border wall past the November election, ignoring the president's threats that he's prepared to shut down the USA government if lawmakers don't provide more money for his signature proposal. Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!

McConnell later told a radio interviewer that a shutdown so close to the November 6 midterm elections won't happen.

President Donald Trump says that he is willing to shut down the government over funding for his long-promised border wall but that he'll "always leave room for negotiation". On Monday, Trump followed up with another tweet saying the wall needs to be built "much faster".

Immigrant advocates and lawyers have said that the policy has been chaotic, and that it was evident there was no plan in place for how to reunify families before the separations began on a large scale.

"I just want great border security".

As word got out about the family separations, Democrats and Republicans bashed the administration, which led to Trump signing an executive order to end family separations. The Senate remains in session and is set to go on break the week of August 6 before returning for the rest of the month.

Congress must pass the bills to keep the government funded by September 30 to prevent a shutdown.

White's remarks came as the Judiciary committee questioned officials about what has become an election-year liability for the Republicans and the White House - President Donald Trump's separation of migrant children from detained families.

Congress has given the president some wall funding but far from the $25 billion he has requested.

Trump is noting that Italian voters got "tired" of their country's immigration policies.

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Instead, the GOP leader says the Senate would be finishing up a package of budget bills this week as Congress makes progress toward funding the government for the new fiscal year that begins October 1. "I don't think we're going to shut down the government", he said to Martha Raddatz on Sunday. They do, however, have the strength to derail legislation in the closely divided Senate.

However, a disruption in federal government operations could backfire on Trump if voters blame Republicans, who control Congress, for the interruption in services.

"It's a mini-compromise based on what the president laid out", said Kevin Yoder, a Kansas Republican who is chairman of a Homeland Security subcommittee.

Two of the Rio Grande Valley's three members of Congress, Reps. They also said they can document decisions by hundreds of detained parents to willingly leave the USA without their children, an assertion that has drawn skepticism from lawmakers. Nita Lowey of NY and California's Lucille Roybal-Allard - called the $5 billion a waste that "only further enables this administration's obsession with cruel attacks on immigrants".

As lawmakers grilled them at a congressional hearing Tuesday, Trump administration officials defended their efforts to reunite thousands of immigrant families that the government separated.

After illegal border crossings increased in spring, the Trump administration launched a "zero tolerance" initiative that sent parents to courthouses for prosecutions to strip them of their children, whom the government placed in shelters.

But a hearing scheduled for Tuesday on the topic may have a wider focus after the committee's bipartisan leaders asked federal investigators to probe reports of sexual and other abuse of immigrants at government detention facilities.

"The witnesses who testified (on Tuesday) couldn't answer some basic, serious questions about the implementation of the policy of separating parents and children with no plan to reunite them", said Sarah Turberville, director of the group's Constitution Project.

"Please understand, there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally, whether they have children or not - and many are just using children for their own sinister purposes", Trump said.

Sen.: Family separation is 'official kidnapping, child abuse'