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DACA program undermines confidence in rule of law

The Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration's attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program that protects immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation.

After Trump came into office, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the program had been created "without proper authority" and only after Congress had rejected proposed legislation. The following day, DHS announced DACA would be phased out, pointing out that it had "legal and constitutional defects."

Months later, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen issued a new memo laying out more policy-based justifications for winding down the program. She said, for example, that the program increased the risk of undermining public confidence in the rule of law.

Federal courts said the administration had acted arbitrarily when phasing out the program. The courts pointed to the administration's thin justification--reasoning Roberts and the Supreme Court eventually agreed with.

Source: CNN on Trump Cabinet / 2020 SCOTUS rulings , Jun 18, 2020

No apology for separating illegal immigrant parent from kids

[Under the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy, US authorities hold illegal immigrant adults in jail while their children are sent to government shelters.] Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pushed back at the growing condemnation of her agency's practice of separating migrant families at the border, telling a gathering of law enforcement officers, "We will not apologize for the job we do."

"This department will no longer stand by and watch you attack law enforcement for enforcing the laws passed by Congress," Nielsen said. "We will not apologize for the job we do, or the job law enforcement does, or the job the American people expect us to do."

Releasing parents who bring children across the border would be tantamount to giving them "a get out of jail free card," Nielsen said.

Source: Politico.com on 2018 Trump Administration , Jun 18, 2018

FactCheck: Falsely claims no policy of family separation

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted, "This misreporting by members, press and advocacy groups must stop, It is irresponsible and unproductive. 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. We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period."

The Huffington Post contrasted Nielsen's comments with the fact that "last week, DHS announced that nearly 2,000 kids had been separated from their parents during a six-week period ending last month. Many of those children are being held in juvenile detention centers."

How can both of these statements be true? Simple: the press is ignoring the MEANING of Nielsen's tweet.

Nielsen says that families who present themselves for asylum at LEGAL border crossing will not be separated. She intends to confuse voters between THAT non-separation policy with the OTHER policy for separating families who cross the border illegally.

Source: OnTheIssues FactCheck on 2018 Trump Administration , Jun 18, 2018

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