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Immigration rule draws ire of lawmakers; family separations decried, but legislative fix elusive

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published June 18, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Sunday called for Congress to pass a law ending the Trump administration's practice of separating and detaining families trying to cross the border into the United States, but the two sides remain divided on what the legislation should look like.

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mozarky2 says... June 18, 2018 at 4:21 a.m.

The 1997 law that Bill Clinton signed says minor children who enter the United States illegally must be separated from their parents who are sent to jail because they crossed the border illegally. Because children cannot accompany their parents to jail, they are separated and sent elsewhere, either shelters or foster homes.
Why is this all of a sudden now unacceptable?

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LRCrookAttorney says... June 18, 2018 at 7:50 a.m.

Mozark..."Why is this all of a sudden now unacceptable?"
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Because no one against Trump wants to admit that he is enforcing a law passed by a former Democratic President. This is the way the media (as well as the Legislature) skews the information. It has been happening for years and will continue to happen. Those supporting Democrats say "We are not the party of X," and those supporting Republicans say "We are not the party of Y." When the parents commit a crime (including illegally crossing the border), the children should be separated. However, if they approach the border seeking asylum then they should not (no crime committed), and claims should be investigated.

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hah406 says... June 18, 2018 at 9:15 a.m.

Moz, the law that you cite is a misdemeanor. Same as a traffic ticket. There is a concept under the law called prosecutorial discretion. The soulless AG Sessions and Trump have chosen to ignore that and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, same as the war on drugs, which is another failure. Should the law take away kids from every dad who gets a traffic ticket? It is identical. The fact is that this decision is immoral, and shows a complete lack of respect for families from the "pro-life, pro-family" party.

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hah406 says... June 18, 2018 at 9:54 a.m.

I will add that when you have Laura Bush, your own wife Meliana, Franklin Graham, and Cardinal Dolan all calling you out for an unconscionable and immoral policy, you have definitely screwed something up.

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DoubleBlind says... June 18, 2018 at 10:09 a.m.

LRAC & moz, you’re are both FULL OF SHlT. The law addressing unaccompanied children was passed overwhelmingly in 2008 and signed by George W. Bush, A REPUBLITARD, while the restriction on detaining families is a result of federal litigation. Nothing from moz surprises me; he’s a proven POS. I’m a little surprised at you, LRAC. I didn’t consider you a confirmed bottomdweller until this. Good to know.

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doggod says... June 18, 2018 at 10:21 a.m.

mozarky2, you are a liar. There is n sucht "law." What you are referring to a class-action lawsuit that was initially brought against the Reagan administration, as Flores v. Meese, and settled under the Clinton administration in 1997, as Flores v. Reno. And it does not "require" that children be separated. Otherwise, what is happening today would have been going on for decades. What is more troubling, is that the head of homeland security claims it is not even happening, despite all the hard evidence.

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doggod says... June 18, 2018 at 10:23 a.m.

Also, Jesus loves you, mozarky2.

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mrcharles says... June 18, 2018 at 10:38 a.m.

The law of the creator of the universe says to take unruly children to the city gate and have them stoned to death. Some say the laws by the OT diety are the ultimate laws that mere mammals who have opposing thumbs and larger brains should obey under penalty of death by a loving deity, who is good cause he is good... quite the ontology. USA eats a lot shrimp and the "pig" so we are an ungodly nation as the right rev falwell and pat robertson said, so I guess that settles it.

So if the right and their allies the evangelical who try to put into civil law all the time want to be consistent, lets agree that the immigration laws can be by passed due our lack of godly goodness. Then when the rapture comes and we got to fight dragons, things will be settled and just will be dealt out then.

franklin is aginnn this policy, trump pardoned jack johnson, will miracles never end.

for the deity system followers this is a little diddy that makes sense in both the here and now , and later if there is a later: your soul is in your keeping alone. When you stand before God you cannot say "but I was told by others to do thus" or that "virtue was not convenient at the time. This will not suffice. Remember that.

The powers that be have an opportunity to be a good human, ..........or not , over this issue. With the moz and sea bass' of this new land defined by the Statute of liberty, the odds are at best 50-50.

The book of Amos would be appropriate at this time for thinking of right action and whether we will be subject to a woe. Even a long haired leaping gnome pagan finds a lot of wisdom in Amos.

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Packman says... June 18, 2018 at 10:47 a.m.

The left is more unhinged than normal on enforcing current immigration laws. Their hysteria is absurd considering it happens ever day in America when adults with kids break the law. Why would immigration law be any different? As a point of fact, the Obama administration did it too.
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The answer, of course, is libs broken over Hillary's loss are desperate for reasons to hate President Donald Trump. In reality, they couldn't care less about the welfare of these kids. If they did care their outrage would be directed at the adults who placed those kids in incredible danger to travel to the border and knowingly violate American's immigration laws. There is NO instance of a LEGAL immigrant being separated from a child. ZERO!
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The good news is libs, as they tend to do, have gone over the top with their selective outrage. The American people understand why kids are separated from their parents when the parents break the law and work through the criminal justice system. The only person(s) to blame are the adults that made their kids accessories to lawlessness. End. Of. Discussion.
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Hey hah - Just curious, but do you have any more laws you believe we should selectively prosecute? As to those "calling out" the immoral policy, their words are hollow considering parents are separated from their kids every day in America as part of the criminal justice system. Literally thousands of kids in the US today are in foster care because momma and/or daddy are in jail. Where's Laura Bush been for these thousands of kids?

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BirdDogsRock says... June 18, 2018 at 10:53 a.m.

At least now all the world knows what Republicans mean when they boast about their "family values."

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