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Immigrant fight heats up - Source Thehill

Posted on May 30,2018
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BY RAFAEL BERNAL AND MIKE LILLIS

WASHINGTON, DC. - The Trump administration on Tuesday amplified its charges that Democrats are to blame for the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Senior officials said legal “loopholes” championed by Democrats have tied the hands of the border authorities struggling to prosecute attempted illegal crossings, leaving them no choice but to separate kids from parents facing criminal charges.

“The child-smuggling trade would be shut down if we could close those loopholes,” Stephen Miller, a White House senior policy adviser, told reporters on a press call designed to refute criticisms that the administration is tearing families apart unnecessarily.

The family separations come as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prosecutes people who are caught crossing the border illegally for the first time, a crime that’s been on the books since 1986. Previous administrations had waived prosecution of first-time crossers for both practical and humanitarian reasons.

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