Democrats prepare border bills, say Trump enflames problem

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"The president's unsafe and cruel anti-immigrant policies have only worsened the humanitarian suffering at the border and inflicted vast suffering on the families who have been torn apart".

Trump's false claim that child separations were carried out by the Obama administration has been frequently refuted. It would create centers in Central America where asylum applications could be processed and provide aid to reduce poverty and violence in the region so fewer people would flee.

Trump made the comments during a photo op prior to his meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Trump also lashed out at media outlets who have refused to count the construction of replacement barrier along the border as "new" sections of his long-promised wall. We have a lot of great people over there.

This week it was announced that the agency's leader, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, as well as her second-in-command, acting deputy Claire Grady, would be leaving the department.

According to U.S. media reports, Trump's reshuffle could herald even harsher measures on the southern border.

This specific change is what led to the widespread separation of parents and children, according to Jessica Bolter, a researcher with the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute who has published 200 pages of reports on Trump's immigration policies.

Instead, Democrats last month proposed legislation offering a pathway to citizenship for more than 2 million undocumented immigrants who were brought illegally to the United States as children.

On Tuesday, the President also claimed "cages" were built by Obama to house migrant children. And I think they will pay a very big price in 2020 for all of the things, whether it is the fake witch hunt they start out, or whether it is a situation like this.

Although a bipartisan effort at comprehensive immigration reform by Democrats and Trump previous year failed, Pelosi said such an overhaul still had a chance.

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"Let me tell you, we can document well over a thousand dead bodies over the last five to six to seven years. I'm the one who stopped it", he said. "We did not separate children from their parents", former Obama domestic policy adviser Cecilia Muñoz told NPR in May 2018.

The so-called "zero tolerance" policy had received widespread national and global condemnation following its introduction last April.

The policy meant adults were taken to court for criminal proceedings and their children were separated and sent into the care of the Health and Human Services Department.

Before, families with children were largely allowed to stay together, whether on bail, in custody or being deported.

Kushner's latest efforts on immigration date to early January, when Trump asked him to pursue a deal with lawmakers that would win the president more money for his border wall during the government shutdown.

However, the timing and practicalities of this were unclear.

According to President Trump, the mass-migration crisis at the border has sparked a wave of violent crime and sexual assaults.

Another controversial policy of automatically returning asylum seekers to wait in Mexico was blocked Monday by a federal judge in California.

The court impedes the president's ability to stop an influx "crashing our immigration system and overwhelming our country", Trump's press office said.

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