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Ted Lieu to Trump administration: ‘End your #BabyJails’

Ted Lieu to Trump administration: ‘End your #BabyJails’

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) told the Trump administration on Wednesday that it should end its policy of separating migrant children from their parents.

“End your #BabyJails. Reverse your evil policy of ripping toddlers away from their mothers & fathers,” Lieu wrote in a tweet directed at Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenWatchdog finds top DOJ officials were 'driving force' behind Trump's child separation policy: NYT More than million in DHS contracts awarded to firm of acting secretary's wife: report DHS IG won't investigate after watchdog said Wolf, Cuccinelli appointments violated law MORE.

Lieu also pointed out that, having served in the military, he understood that the U.S. had “serious threats” but said that “babies are not one of them.”

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In April, the Trump administration announced a “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that led the federal government to aggressively prosecute migrants caught trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The policy has left roughly 2,000 minors separated from their parents or guardians, who were required to be prosecuted separately.

In announcing the policy, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHarris walks fine line on Barrett as election nears The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House The Memo: Team Trump looks to Pence to steady ship in VP debate MORE admitted it would lead to more family separations and said it would work to deter future migrants from attempting to cross the southern border.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE has falsely blamed Democrats for the policy while his administration continues to defend it by arguing they are enforcing the law.

Trump met with Congressional Republicans on Tuesday to discuss new policy to end the separation of families even though his administration has the power to stop the practice.

During the meeting, Trump urged House Republicans to pass an immigration bill he can sign and told them he would stand with them “1,000 percent” in their attempt to pass legislation that would meet his demands.