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USA: Homeland Security Sec. defends immigration policy separating families03:08

USA: Homeland Security Sec. defends immigration policy separating families

United States, Washington D.C.
June 19, 2018 at 10:03 GMT -00:00 · Published

United States Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen defended her administration's new 'zero tolerance' immigration policy, which has resulted in the separation of immigrant families as they try to cross the southern border, at a press briefing in Washington D.C. on Monday.

"We have a duty to protect the American people", stressed Nielsen, denying allegations of inhumane treatment towards children. "We have high standards, we give them meals, we give them education, we give them medical care."

A group of Democratic members of congress condemned Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new zero-tolerance policy, which refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution, after visiting two juvenile immigration detention centres in Texas.

Under the new regime, more children have been separated from their parents, while they face unlawful entry charges.

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United States Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen defended her administration's new 'zero tolerance' immigration policy, which has resulted in the separation of immigrant families as they try to cross the southern border, at a press briefing in Washington D.C. on Monday.

"We have a duty to protect the American people", stressed Nielsen, denying allegations of inhumane treatment towards children. "We have high standards, we give them meals, we give them education, we give them medical care."

A group of Democratic members of congress condemned Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new zero-tolerance policy, which refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution, after visiting two juvenile immigration detention centres in Texas.

Under the new regime, more children have been separated from their parents, while they face unlawful entry charges.

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