First lady Melania Trump "hates" to see families separated

2,000 Families Separated After Being Caught Crossing Border Illegally

Amid a surge of unlawful migration from Central America to the United States in 2014, the Obama administration considered many plans to deter illegal border crossings, including separating parents and children.

"If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border", he concluded last month after announcing the policy.

Detainees in the U.S. who are charged with criminal wrongdoing have always been separated from their children; by treating all adult border crossers as criminals, Trump's administration has therefore crafted a policy that leads families to be separated at the border.

"We will be seeing as we have been seeing there's going to be a shift in that they still may be children, but they were probably accompanied by their parents when they were first entering the USA", said Luis Aranga of Catholic Charities.

Trump urged the Democrats to help changing the laws.

The Department of Homeland Security said last week that almost 2,000 immigrant children had been separated from their parents over a span of six weeks after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the new "zero tolerance" policy. "I visited Thailand and witnessed firsthand the trauma of parents and children separated by circumstances beyond their control", the statement said.

Sessions added, "The law requires that children who can not be with their parents be placed within the custody of DHS [Department of Homeland Security] within 72 hours, something entirely different than the criminal justice system".

"Nor are these policies rooted in religion", Clinton said. Asked whether the president was willing to end the policy, she said: "The president is ready to get meaningful immigration reform across the board". "We will have a system where those who need to apply for asylum can do so and those who want to come to this country will apply to enter lawfully". "Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral".

The statement parroted the defense of the policy repeatedly used by President Donald Trump in recent days.

Over the weekend, more Republicans added their opposition to the policy. The policy has led to days of heart-wrenching stories about families being separated, coverage that has blanketed national and local television. Advocacy groups have said the problem arises from a politically-loaded zero-tolerance policy that is being enforced by the present administration. "This must stop", she said.

Bush continued to condemn the practice of warehousing children and constructing tent cities for their detention, comparing this practice to the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, "now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in US history". "Unfortunately, our borders lack the infrastructure to support all of the individuals and families seeking asylum in the United States". "My concern, first and foremost, is the protection of the children".

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Melania Trump has waded into the row over a controversial White House clampdown on immigration that has seen thousands of children separated from their families at the USA border.

Is it policy or politics?

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen refused to apologise for enforcing immigration laws that result in the separation of children from their parents.

Mexicans at the US-Mexico border fence on May 1, 2016, in Tijuana, Mexico. The administration is charging each person arrested for trying to enter the country illegally with a crime.

Adam Schiff is a Democratic member of Congress from California.

Trump and others in the administration have blamed the separations on a law the president claims was written by Democrats.

Kellyanne Conway is an advisor to the president.

Democrat Representative Adam Schiff said that the administration is "using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build our wall".

"They're criminals when they come across illegally and that's why they're getting separated".

Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU), anxious about losing votes to a new right-wing party in an October regional election, wants a ban on admitting migrants into Germany who have already registered in another EU country. Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page.

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