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ICYMI: What The Media Isn't Telling You About Trump And Immigration

- June 20, 2018

What the media isn't telling you about Trump and immigration
The Hill
Kayleigh McEnany
June 20, 2018

"Democrats want to keep the focus on Trump, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reportedly responded when asked if he would support a GOP-led bill to stop family separation of illegal immigrants on the border.


"In reality, if Democrats truly cared about solutions to our immigration crisis they would have done so long ago — like in 2009, when they controlled the entire federal government and maintained a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
 
"Meanwhile, the media continues to perpetuate mistruths designed to demonize the Trump presidency, making false and misleading claims that Trump instituted a new policy to separate illegal immigrant children from their parents.

"Key facts were missing from the oversimplified 'Trump separated parents from children' narrative. Namely, the following:

"'Separation' guidelines did not change

"The Obama administration separated immigrant children from accompanying adults in two cases: (1) if the child was in danger or (2) if the accompanying adult was being prosecuted.
“The Trump administration did not alter these guidelines. What did change, however, is that the Trump administration — unlike Obama — is enforcing the law passed by Congress which makes it a crime to cross the border illegally. Trump’s so-called 'zero tolerance' policy is really just a manifestation of Article II of the Constitution, which states plainly that the president 'shall take care that the Laws be faithfully executed.'


"Immigration 'loopholes' must change


"…Congress has the power to supplement the president's executive order and change the status quo by overriding the Flores Settlement Agreement or amending the TVPRA.

"Responsible HHS child custody

"While an adult illegal entrant is prosecuted, the accompanying child goes into Health and Human Services (HHS) custody. In 2018, 90 percent of children taken in by HHS in 2018 were placed with a parent, relative or another sponsor in the U.S. For those remaining in HHS care, an average of $775 per day is spent on each immigrant child…

"Influx of traffickers, smugglers

"'We’re going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security,' Obama announced in 2014. 'Felons, not families. Criminals, not children.'

"This announcement and the policy of 'catch and release' sent a signal to aspiring illegal entrants: If you arrive with a child, your chances of being released into the U.S. interior increase. Accordingly, we have seen an influx of “family units” crossing the border…


"Growth of MS-13


"During Operation Matador — an ICE operation to stop MS-13 in New York — the Trump administration apprehended 274 MS-13 gang members, 99 of which arrived as unaccompanied minors and were released into society. Stemming the surge of MS-13 gang members means enforcing the law, prosecuting illegal border crossers, and amending the TVPRA...


"Rather than demonizing the Trump administration, true advocates for change should be calling for congressional action. President Trump is enforcing U.S. immigration law, and in doing so, protecting the well-being and in some cases the lives of U.S. citizens."

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