'We will not apologize': Trump DHS chief defends immigration policy

The nation's homeland security chief insisted Sunday that immigrant children are not being separated from their parents at the border - despite the Trump administration defending its policy and eyewitness accounts of government-snatched boys and girls being held in cages at a private detention center in Texas.

"If you commit a crime, police will take you to jail regardless of whether you have a family", Nielsen told a gathering of law enforcement officials in New Orleans.

"As I have said many times before, if you are seeking asylum for your family, there is no reason to break the law and illegally cross between ports of entry".

Trump administration officials have argued repeatedly in recent weeks that Democrats are responsible for the separation policy in an apparent reference to Congress' inability to pass an immigration bill that would provide funding for Trump's proposed border wall. But Monday's statement marks the first time the Democratic senator has called for the DHS secretary's resignation, her office confirmed to CNN.

"We do not have the luxury of pretending that all individuals coming to this country as a family unit are, in fact, a family", she said.

President Donald Trump squarely - and misleadingly - blamed Democrats for the unfolding crisis in opening remarks at a space policy event. According to this policy, the Department of Homeland Security will refer "100 percent of illegal Southwest Border crossings to the Department of Justice for prosecution".

"Why wouldn't you bring children with you if you knew you would be released and not prosecuted?" "If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law". "I think what you saw in Tornillo was the manifestation of a bad policy of separating kids from their families", said Hurd, whose district includes a large swath along the U.S. -Mexico border.

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Immigration advocates and Democrats say the administration has made it exceedingly hard to claim asylum at official ports of entry.

Previously, families crossing the border together would normally be released into the USA with an order to appear in immigration court.

President Trump on Twitter Monday echoed that point.

He also refuted the claim that agents were surreptitiously misleading children and parents in order to separate them, as well as one report which detailed a mother being separated from her child during breastfeeding.

What's more, journalists and lawmakers made note of previous comments Nielsen has made in defense of the same policy she tweeted doesn't exist.

She denied accounts that the policy amounted to "child abuse" or was comparable to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War Two.

"As (GOP Rep. Steve Scalise) said, it is an issue that every one of the last four administration has faced".

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