'Squad' members Tlaib and AOC grill US Homeland Security chief

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'Squad members' Rep Rashida Tlaib and Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez grilled US Homeland Security Chief Kevin McAleenan over the treatment of thousands of migrants detained at the US-Mexico border.

McAleenan drew wrath of Democrats on Thursday when he said conditions for detained migrant children on the southern border had improved after reports of squalor and abuse.

Hearing - House - Oversight - Committee - McAleenan

During the hearing before the House Oversight Committee, McAleenan said there is a 'much better situation for children at the border now'.

But Tlaib accused McAleenan and other Trump administration officials of trying to change the Flores settlement which governs how immigrant children can be detained in order to keep kids in custody longer.

McAleenan - Admit - Kids - Longer

She said to McAleenan: 'Just admit that though - you want to keep the kids longer.'

Tlaib also asked McAleenan about the 'separation policy' to which he retorted: 'There is no separation policy.'

New - York - Democrat - Ocasio-Cortez - McAleenan

New York Democrat Ocasio-Cortez questioned McAleenan about the Border Patrol Facebook posts, some of which included graphic, doctored images of her.

Ocasio-Cortez asked whether the agents were still on duty and wondered whether the family separation policy had contributed to a 'dehumanizing culture'.

McAleenan - Duty

McAleenan said some had been placed on administrative duty but didn't elaborate.

'We do not have a dehumanizing culture,' McAleenan responded.

President - Donald - Trump - Administration - Pressure

President Donald Trump's administration is facing pressure from the Democratic opposition majority in the House of Representatives amid reports of abusive conditions for undocumented migrants who crossed the into the US in recent months, many of whom are families and unaccompanied children.

McAleenan said emergency border funding approved by Congress at the end of June has reduced the number of people detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from a 20,000-person average in June to...
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