The Trump Administration Ignored Warnings From Career Officials About Family Separation Policy

Government Executive | February 07, 2019

The Trump administration took little effort to plan on an interagency basis for its policy to separate families at the border and ignored warnings about the consequences of that approach, officials told lawmakers on Thursday. The Homeland Security Department, in coordination with the Justice Department, began separating families in 2017, well before then Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially announced the “zero-tolerance” policy in April of the following year.

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Shifts in the global and regional strategic posture of Australia’s main ally, the United States, have been one of the key triggers for producing the new Defence White Paper. As Defence Minister Stephen Smith explains in the foreword, America’s ‘rebalance’ towards the ‘Indo-Pacific’ region has been among the major developments influencing “Australia’s national security and defence setting.” The White Paper also had to account for the “substantially enhanced defence cooperation with the United States.”1 The Minister was referring to the Gillard Government’s offer during US-President Barack Obama’s visit in November 2011 to host US Marines and US Air Force contingents for rotational deployments in Northern Australia.

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Shifts in the global and regional strategic posture of Australia’s main ally, the United States, have been one of the key triggers for producing the new Defence White Paper. As Defence Minister Stephen Smith explains in the foreword, America’s ‘rebalance’ towards the ‘Indo-Pacific’ region has been among the major developments influencing “Australia’s national security and defence setting.” The White Paper also had to account for the “substantially enhanced defence cooperation with the United States.”1 The Minister was referring to the Gillard Government’s offer during US-President Barack Obama’s visit in November 2011 to host US Marines and US Air Force contingents for rotational deployments in Northern Australia.

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