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Watchdog: Sessions Said 'We Need to Take Away Children'

Former AG pushed Trump's agenda of separating children from their families

(Newser) - When US attorneys objected to orders to prosecute all undocumented immigrants in May 2018, then-attorney general Jeff Sessions made clear President Trump's intentions. "We need to take away children," he told the prosecutors, per the New York Times . A week later, then-deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein complained... More »

Feds: Not Sure We Can Reunite Migrant Families

Health and Human Services claims it might actually harm the children

(Newser) - The Trump administration says it would require extraordinary effort to reunite what may be thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents and, even if it could, the children would likely be emotionally harmed. Health and Human Services Department officials said in court filings late Friday that... More »

A Lot of Money Is Being Made From Detained Immigrant Kids

Grants for housing unaccompanied and separated children are soaring

(Newser) - Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the US that now reaps $1 billion annually—a tenfold increase over the past decade, per the AP . Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care, and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children soared from... More »

US Requests More Time to Reunite Immigrant Families

Justice Department asks federal judge to extend deadlines

(Newser) - President Trump's Justice Department has requested more time to reunite immigrant parents with the children taken from them by ICE at the border. Following a federal judge's order that all children under age 5 be reunited with their parents by July 10—and all others by July 25—... More »

Trump Blasts Immigrant 'Invasion'

In a string of tweets, the president blames Dems and urges for stronger borders

(Newser) - After a week of outrage over child separation at the southern border and a subsequent executive order that claims to stop it, President Trump is again using pointed rhetoric to describe the immigration crisis in America. In a Sunday string of tweets, Trump blasted Democrats, telling them to "fix... More »

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