Local legislators weigh in on border separation policy

Kevin Yoder issues statement on separation of families at the U.S. border

Kevin Yoder issues statement on separation of families at the U.S. border

Five people were cited for disturbing the peace during a protest outside the National Sheriff's Association Convention while Attorney General Jeff Sessions received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Police also say one of the protesters was struck by a vehicle during the protest, but was apparently unharmed and refused medical treatment.

"Put simply, the deliberate separation of children and their parents who seek lawful asylum in America is wrong", the letter reads. He said without enforcing the laws, "we encourage hundreds of thousands of people a year to likewise ignore our laws and illegally enter our country".

In a statement, Swanson, who is also a DFL candidate for governor, reiterated her opposition to the policy, which has resulted in almost 2,000 children being separated from their parents since April. "We do not want adults to bring children into this country unlawfully, placing them at risk".

This is a developing story, WWL-TV will continue to update the story as it develops. "The government should be in the business of keeping families together, not tearing them apart".

"It is morally repugnant to separate a child from their family-we can not normalize this inhumane and cruel behavior by the Trump Administration".

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Trump and others in the administration have falsely blamed the separations on a law the president claims was written by Democrats.

The Trump administration has adopted a "zero tolerance" policy toward anyone caught crossing the United States border. Kansas GOP Senator Pat Roberts said he is "against using parental separation as a deterrent to illegal immigration". Before the policy, many people who were accused of illegal entry and did not have a criminal record were merely referred for civil deportation proceedings, which generally did not break up families.

Second, if a person is convicted or accused of a crime and held in jail or prison, their children are not placed in mass detention facilities like the children at the border. It beefs up border security, clamps down on illegal entries and reinforces other immigration laws.

"Congresswoman Jenkins does not support forcibly separating children and their parents and believes the practice, which is not new to this Administration but has increased in volume under it, has gone on long enough", her office said in a statement.

Although President Donald Trump and several members of his administration, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, have repeatedly claimed the family separation policy must be enforced, legal experts, including this group of attorneys, have challenged such an assertion.

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