President Trump slammed Democrats on Tuesday for sharing photos of children in enclosed cages near the U.S. -Mexico border and blaming the administration's immigration policy when the photos were taken before Mr. Trump took office.
But "these protections and these procedures ... were all created to make sure that these kids get fair access to the USA immigration system, so they can ask us for protection in a way that recognizes that they're kids, first and foremost, and that they aren't the same as adults", McKenna countered.
"We need to change the law so families arriving illegally can be sent home swiftly, and so there can be an actual border protecting the country, and protecting American communities", he said.
But it turned out that the photo originally appeared in the Arizona Republic in 2014 - during the Obama administration. Most of those Twitter users subsequently deleted their tweets.
Trump posted the Instagram picture on a weekend when misleading reports suggested that the US Department of Health and Human Services had "lost" 1,500 immigrant children. That policy, embraced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, would enforce criminal charges against people crossing the border illegally with few or no previous offenses. In some of many cases, sponsors simply didn't respond to the follow-up phone call, not surprising because many are in the USA illegally and reluctant to speak to authorities.
What's more, Democrats aren't wholly responsible for either policy.
But, as HHS officials testified before a Senate subcommittee in April, efforts to follow up on the status of those resettled children have been stymied by the reluctance of sponsoring families to return government phone calls. The top two vote-getters in next Tuesday's races, regardless of party, will advance to match-ups in November, and Democrats openly acknowledge they are anxious they might become locked out of the general election in some of them.
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He served in the Russian army during the first separatist war in Chechnya during the 1990s and later became a journalist. There were gasps and applause as the journalist entered the room for the press conference on Wednesday.
She has previously said she would not "undermine" the current administration by publicly voicing her disagreement with the administration's policies.
Hundreds of children already have been separated from parents who have been arrested since October.
It's not highly unusual to fail to keep track of many minors who came unaccompanied to the border. "You'd nearly never know her father's administration, to which she is an adviser, was brutally separating migrant children from their asylum-seeking parents and lost track of 1,5000 of them".
Jonathan Rath Hoffman, chief spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, described the Trump administration's determination to prosecute parents as a continuation of Obama-era measures.
Under a court settlement that prohibits the long-term detention of illegal immigrant children, US authorities have placed tens of thousands of teenagers with parents or other relatives - or in foster homes, as a last resort.
In March, the ACLU launched a class action lawsuit against a number of government agencies and immigration officials over what it described as the "unlawful practice" of removing children from their families when there was no indication that they would be at risk of harm by staying.
Miller also argued that the government should be allowed to treat migrants from Central America just as it does those from Mexico and Canada - that is, able to be deported quickly rather than after waiting for a formal hearing, as required by a 2008 law. They also advance the administration's agenda by conveying the message to immigrants that coming to the United States is extremely risky for them and their children. "We did not separate children from their parents", Muñoz said.