Ilhan Omar: ‘Trump…Attacks Religious Minorities to Distract From His Human Rights Abuses’

By Staff | August 21, 2019 | 12:46pm EDT
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.) reacted to a new regulation announced by the Department of Homeland Security that seeks to detain illegal aliens indefinitely but also keep illegal alien children in company with their families by sending out a Tweet saying President Donald Trump “attacks religious minorities to distract from his human rights abuses.”

Omar’s Tweet linked to a New York Times story about the newly proposed regulation.

“Just a reminder that Trump repeatedly stokes tension and attacks religious minorities to distract from him human rights abuses,” Omar said in her Tweet.

“Today his administration released a plan to detain migrant children indefinitely, even as children die in Border Patrol custody,” she said.

“Large numbers of alien families are entering illegally across the southern border, hoping that they will be released into the interior rather than detained during their removal proceedings,” said the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services in a statement about the proposed regulation.

“Today, the government has issued a critical rule that will permit the Department of Homeland Security to appropriately hold families together and improve the integrity of the immigration system,” said Acting Secretary McAleenan. “This rule allows the federal government to enforce immigration laws as passed by Congress and ensures that all children in U.S. government custody are treated with dignity, respect, and special concern for their particular vulnerability.”

“The Department of Health and Human Services, through our Office of Refugee Resettlement, provides quality and compassionate care for unaccompanied alien children who are referred to our custody,” said Secretary Azar. “In this rule, we are implementing the relevant and substantive portions of the Flores Settlement Agreement pertaining to standards for the temporary care, placement, and release of those minors. As before, HHS will continue to protect the safety and dignity of unaccompanied alien children in our custody as we seek to place them with a parent, relative, or other suitable sponsor.”

The New York Times story that Omar linked to said:

“The Trump administration unveiled a regulation on Wednesday that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families who cross the border illegally, replacing a decades-old court agreement that imposed a limit on how long the government could hold migrant children in custody and specified the level of care they must receive….

“The new regulation, which requires approval from a federal judge before it can go into effect and was expected to be immediately challenged in court, would establish standards for conditions in detention centers and specifically abolish a 20-day limit on detaining families in immigration jails, a cap that has prompted President Trump to repeatedly complain about the “catch and release” of families from Central America and elsewhere into the United States.”


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