Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Donald Trump addresses crime by undocumented immigrants

Donald Trump addresses crime by undocumented immigrants

"I don't know how it happens, because if you look at how contentious this issue is, how much emotion there is, without the president being out front - without the president having legislators' backs - there's no way they're going to take the risks that would be inherent in a major reform bill".

President Donald Trump defended his administration's hard-line immigration policy Friday (June 22), standing with some families whose relatives had been killed by undocumented immigrants.

"You don't hear these stories", said Steve Ronnebeck, whose 21-year-old son Grant was killed by an illegal immigrant over a pack of cigarettes.

Thursday night's meeting was held in the White House Situation Room and lasted at least 90 minutes, according to three people briefed on the discussion who described it on the condition of anonymity.

How the government would reunite families has been unclear because the families are first stopped by Customs and Border Patrol, with children taken into custody by HHS and adults detained through ICE.

The subcommittee report found that from October 2013 through 2015 the federal agency placed almost 90,000 children with a sponsor, after they were detained at the border without a legal guardian. "Shame!" at border agents. That bill would provide $25 billion for Trump's border wall and set new limits on family visas in favor of merit-based entry - but also create a path to citizenship for young "Dreamers".

Now, the administration says it will continue with prosecutions and seek to detain families together during their immigration proceedings. Census data show 13.5 percent of the US population in 2016 were immigrants.

Tens of thousands of immigrants traveling with their families have been caught on the US-Mexico border in recent years, many fleeing gang violence in Central America.

The president was making a clear attempt to underscore the stakes in his push to crack down on illegal immigration, while countering critical media coverage. In some courts, the average wait for an immigration hearing was over 1400 days; some hearings are being scheduled beyond 2021 before an available slot on the docket is found.

Administration officials met late Thursday and on Friday to try to hash out these differences as well as to come up with a plan for reuniting the migrant families that have already been separated.

The White House also argued that the practice could only be ended by a change in the law and therefore it was obstinate Democrats, unwilling to accede to the president's broader immigration demands, who were to blame for the separations.

But, in a series of Twitter posts early on Friday, he said House Republicans should drop efforts to pass comprehensive immigration legislation until after the November elections. He said the families are the victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants. "We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!"

"He was going to be here, but he was threatened to lose his job", said Menednez. But Scalise acknowledged it would be "an uphill fight".

Kansas' child welfare agency conducted a snap inspection Friday of Topeka group homes housing unaccompanied immigrant children after Democratic state lawmakers accused Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer of not being aggressive enough in pressing for information about the children.

But it does not appear to have been the case in some towns straddling the border with Mexico.

"I can not imagine it being any worse, but we promise to act with strength and resolve", the president said. Some children were still in the border patrol's custody when their parents finished criminal proceedings for crossing into the US, the statement said, and those families were then transferred together to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to face deportation proceedings.

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