Zero-tolerance immigration policy felt in Kansas City, attorney says

House Republicans introduce legislation to end most family separations

Bill Grady
June 20, 2018 - 6:55 am

A Kansas City immigration lawyer says the federal government's so-called zero tolerance policy regarding illegal border crossings is having a ripple effect.

Democrats are putting increasing pressure on the Trump administration for enforcing the law more harshly than the Obama administration. 

“I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law. That’s their law,” the president said on June 15.

Jessica Piedra is getting calls from clients on the path to citizenship, worried the crackdown will mean their families will be separated.

"We're putting on workshops of what to do, creating powers of attorney, like who would care for their children if they are detained or ultimately deported," said Piedra, who claimed most of the children are U.S. citizens.

Since there are so many children being taken from their parents, some are sent to cities across the country, Piedra said. 

Each day a person is held in detention is very expensive, and taxpayers are footing the bill, Piedra said.

Republicans in the House have introduced an immigration bill to stop most family separations, grant citizenship rights to illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” fund the border wall, limit the chain of family migration and end the visa lottery.

President Trump said he was "1,000 percent" behind the GOP bill.

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