Melania Trump ‘hates’ separating migrant kids from parents

Geneva Stokes
June 20, 2018

The family separations are the result of Mr Trump's "zero tolerance" policy that arrests all adults who are caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally, including those seeking asylum.

The president has tried to blame Democrats, who hold no levers of power in the government today, for a situation that has sparked fury and a national debate over the moral implications of his hard-line approach to immigration enforcement.

In an unusual statement issued through her spokesperson, Mrs Trump, who is an immigrant herself, said she "hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform".

He's argued that, "politically correct or not, we have a country that needs security, that needs safety".

"Democrats are the problem".

Typically, parents are sent to court, while children go to government facilities as the Trump administration carries out the new "zero tolerance" policy.

As Trump accused Democrats of supporting immigration loopholes, he also stuck with his false claims that he can't do anything about his child separation policies, and only new legislation can fix it. Crime in Germany is way up.

The US action has sparked outrage at home from both Trump's Democratic foes and his fellow Republicans and around the world, as well as concerns from even First Lady Melania Trump. "Where is the outcry for the killings and crime being caused by gangs and thugs, including MS-13, coming into our country illegally?" She tweeted on Sunday that the DHS doesn't "have a policy of separating families at the border. Don't wait until after the election because you are going to lose!"

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Government statistics indicate that, so far, almost 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May. They're awful laws. What's happening is so sad, is so sad.

"While he thinks it's something that works well for that 35 per cent that still adore him, it doesn't work well for their party in November", he said in an interview.

As Maryland Democrats denounced the practice of detaining children and parents separately, Harris criticized an Obama administration immigration policy and said he was pushing for more border resources.

Under previous USA administrations, undocumented immigrants caught crossing the border for the first time tended to be issued with court summons for a later date.

The policy reportedly led DHS to separate about 2,000 children from their parents, as children are not allowed in adult criminal detention facilities. "What has happened for us to have to craft legislation to say, 'Don't pull kids out of the arms of their mothers, '" he said.

Mr. Trump will later meet with Republican members of Congress on Capitol Hill Tuesday where he is expected to discuss ongoing efforts on immigration legislation, among other topics. U.S. protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are. He said he did not know how much the proposal would cost.

GOP senators including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME also said they've been discussing family separation legislation.

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