According to the Department of Homeland Security, over 2,000 children have been seized from their parents in the past 6 weeks, as they tried to cross the border with the United States. A DHS official specifically mentioned that these figures were taken between April 19 and May 31.
The White House has maintained its position on the new border policy, and the DHS says that it is unlikely to stop seizing children as long as the crackdown policy is in effect. However, Kellyanne Conway, White House adviser to President Trump, said that she disliked the new policy.
And according to her, she is not alone. Several other aides at the White House are also against it.
As a mother, as a Catholic, as someone with a conscience… I will tell you that nobody likes this policy.
When asked why President Trump does not reverse the policy, Conway insisted that it was the fault of the Democrats. She claimed that their refusal to authorize funding for new detention centers was the reason behind President Trump’s policy.
Finally, a @realDonaldTrump official concedes that ripping children away from parents is a Trump Administration POLICY.— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 17, 2018
As a father, as a Catholic, as someone with a conscience, I will tell you @KellyannePolls that your POLICY is evil. Reverse it now.#SundayMorning Truth https://t.co/rDsEYrtcDU
When confronted with the reality that the children were essentially being held hostage pending when Democrats agreed to President Trump’s demands, Conway insisted that this was not the situation. But it does look that way to many Americans.
Defending the policy today:— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) June 18, 2018
That can't be a coincidence. #wherearethenboys
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the new policy in April set to prosecute illegal immigrants, even if it necessitated separating children from their parents.
This is TRUMP's POLICY. Kellyanne Conway is as responsible as Trump, Sessions and every other member of the WH. If she was a real Catholic she would resign in protest. This is nothing more than her usual meaningless propoganda. Please stop giving her a platform to lie.— Andrea Nikischer (@AndreaNikischer) June 17, 2018
While many people understand the concerns of the government, the bigger question of what happens to the children still remains unanswered when their family members and guardians are incarcerated.
The fact that this week one Sunday morning show chose to invite Steve Bannon and another invited Kellyanne Conway is absolutely frustrating. Why are we still amplifying these horrid and deceitful voices? Didn’t anyone learn lessons from 2016?— Kareena Gibson (@KareenaGibson) June 17, 2018
On his own part, President Trump has claimed that the seizing of children from illegal immigrants is required by the law, a statement which is false. Sessions only stated that the policy was to "serve as a deterrent".