Melania Trump calls for end to immigrants’ family separation

Geneva Stokes
June 18, 2018

"I will tell you that nobody likes this policy", she said, making it sound like the White House didn't have a choice on the matter.

The Trump administration's decision to separate children from their families as a way to curb illegal immigration is adding fuel to an already fiery debate over immigration.

"If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law", Sessions said. "As a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who has a conscience ..."

More from the AP: "Trump's repeated, but nonspecific references to a Democratic law appear to involve one enacted in 2008".

Miller, who is Jewish, argued in White House meetings that the new policy would deter illegal immigration.

"He went to a zero-tolerance policy", Bannon said on ABC's "This Week".

"I'm looking at both of them", he said. "This is not just on the Trump administration - this is on all of us". More adults were being jailed as a result, which led to their children being separated from them.

"There are other ways to negotiate between Republicans and Democrats".

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who is running for Senate in Texas against Republican Sen.

The situation now is "inhumane" and "un-American", he said.

Former Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci said in a weekend interview that the child separation interview could be risky for Trump.

The measure, which was drafted with White House input, would also stop the practice of family separation, but not the detentions, and applies only to those families that arrive at the border seeking asylum. "It's all of the above", Conway said.

"The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their terrible and cruel legislative agenda", Trump said on Twitter.

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Sessions has repeatedly touted the policy and it's necessity in appearance around the country and in interviews.

Trump said on Friday, "I hate the children being taken away", but he also falsely blamed Democrats for a law requiring it.

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee accused Trump of lying by claiming he was simply following to the letter a previously existing law.

One thing immediately became clear to Kraft: Those who work at this shelter, which she declined to name for privacy reasons, are doing what they could to make sure the children's needs are met.

"It is critical that Congress fully understands how our nation's laws are being implemented on the ground, especially when the well-being of young children is at stake", they wrote.

Health and Human Services blames Congress, saying its inability to pass legislation on border security "created perverse and risky incentives for illegal border crossings and child smuggling".

And on Sunday morning he retweeted a tweet from Saturday blaming Democrats for breaking up families.

Democrats have refused to consent to the border wall or restrictions to legal immigration that Mr Trump has demanded, and instead hope to block family separations with standalone legislation.

Passage of the bill could alienate conservatives and depress turnout at a time when enthusiasm among Democrats is high. Collins called that bill too broad and said she supports bipartisan immigration legislation proposed in February that ultimately failed.

"If the Democrats are serious, and if a lot of Republicans are serious, they'll come together".

Realising the emotional resonance of the issue, House Republican leaders inserted a provision to block the Department of Homeland Security from separating parents and children in an immigration bill expected to be debated this week.

Despite Melania's caution about contradicting Donald in public, the immigrant children cases have definitely touched her heart and caused her to really think about her role as an immigrant.

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