About 2000 minors separated from families

1,995 minors separated from adults during six-week period, DHS says

About 2,000 children separated from families at U.S. border: DHS

The issue is causing a growing political storm in the US.

What happens to the children?

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According to Department of Homeland Security numbers cited in an Associated Press article on Friday, "1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults from April 19 through May 31".

Asylum seekers who go directly to official crossings are not separated from their families unless officials can not confirm whether a child is related to the adult they are with, or if the safety of the child is in question.

Amid outcry over the detentions, a Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) spokesperson insisted the minors were held in decent conditions.

According to reports, they are then transferred to government detention facilities or foster care while officials try to resolve their case.

Government officials on the call did not go into detail about where the children are being held. "Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral", he said.

In May, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" policy in which all those apprehended entering the United States illegally would be criminally charged, which generally leads to children being separated from their parents.

The Trump administration has defended the controversial policy, with the attorney general recently invoking the Bible: "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes".

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Amid the crackdown, the detained parents are "in jail settings", the official said, awaiting adjudication and possible prosecution for crossing the border. The process can take several weeks.

This week, House Republicans pitched draft immigration legislation that would end the separation of children and parents at the border.

"And this administration has made it clear that we are not going to ignore the law any longer".

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Congress' highest-ranking Republican, said he was not comfortable with the tactics.

In English and Spanish, it states: "We are and always will be a nation of immigrants". The bad blood between the Trump administration and media spilled over to an extended pow-wow the President had on Friday morning on the White House lawns, in course of which he claimed he too hated to see children being separated from their parents and blamed the Democrats for the law that allowed immigration officials to do it.

"I certainly wouldn't sign the more moderate one".

While Trump has transparent contempt for his Attorney General because he recused himself from the Russian Federation probe and put the President in jeopardy, the White House backed Sessions' invocation of religion for the immigration measures.

'The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their disgusting and cruel legislative agenda.

At least 2,000 children were separated since implementing a policy that results in family separations.

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