Officials at Homeland Security and Health and Human Services did not immediately respond to requests for comment emailed to their press offices. In total, during a partial shutdown about 54,000 of CBP's 59,000 employees, or 91 percent, would continue to report to work, according to DHS guidelines issued in March.
"The deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants" Rights Project, Lee Gelernt, however, was stunned by Albence's comparison.
Carla L. Provost, acting chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, defended the administration's intentions, saying, "We do not leave our humanity behind when we report for duty".
But the officials ran into bipartisan criticism from lawmakers appalled at the hundreds of migrant children who remain apart from their parents, more than a month after Trump dropped his family separation policy under fire from Democrats and Republicans alike. Dianne Feinstein, D-California. "We have a constitutional and moral obligation to intervene".
"Blame other people if you wish, but this started with somebody in the White House with a bright idea that turned out to be a disaster, " Senator Richard Durbin, Democrat of IL, said.
Following a day of relative silence on Twitter, Trump says: "Please understand, there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally, whether they have children or not - and many are just using children for their own sinister purposes".
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"Who is responsible for zero tolerance or family separation?"
"No one, no matter what their immigration status, should have to suffer such abuse", Grassley said at Tuesday's hearing.
Matthew Albence, an executive associate director of ICE's Enforcement arm, said "rigorous standards" are applied at the facilities, with officers monitoring migrants held as residents, calling the conditions "more like a summer camp" than anything else due to ample food, water, education and recreational activities.
A federal judge on Friday urged the US government to focus on finding deported immigrant parents whose children remain in the United States.
A small group of activities in Homeland Security that are funded from fees or multiyear appropriations wouldn't be impacted by a shutdown, including most operations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which oversees legal immigration and guest-worker visa programs. For the Public Health Service, parents leaving without their children undergo an interview and then sign a form designating who will care for the children, White said. "Vote 'R, '" he said.
He said congressional critics 'offer no plausible or workable solution at all'.
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Although Republicans control both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, disagreements between moderates and conservatives in the party have impeded a speedy legislative fix.
"There is widespread agreement in Congress, on both sides of the political aisle, that families should not be separated, that the best place for children is with their parents", he said.
U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles ordered the Trump administration to obtain consent or a court order before administering any psychotropic medications to migrant children, except in cases of dire emergencies.
"The children were separated from their parents and referred to as unaccompanied alien children when they were accompanied", said Commander Jonathan White, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS.
"If families and children are going to be kept in federal custody they must be kept in facilities where they will be treated humanely, and with the basic dignity that all people-no matter what their immigration status-deserve", Grassley said.
Lawyers for the facility have denied the alleged abuse.
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