First lady Melania Trump makes statement on family separations as protests grow

First lady Melania Trump makes statement on family separations as protests grow

First lady Melania Trump makes statement on family separations as protests grow

And President Trump's claim that Democrats need to change the relevant law is no better.

"The policy now being enacted where children are being separated from their parents even when they're applying for asylum, we want that to stop", said Acosta.

Members of a Central American family traveling with a caravan of migrants prepare to cross the border and apply for asylum in the United States, in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, April 29, 2018.

The crackdown expanded in April, when the administration announced a "zero tolerance" policy on the border to prosecute immigrants for entering the country illegally in the hopes they could be quickly deported and that the swift deportations would prevent more people from coming. Some mothers say they were told their children were being taken for a bath, but were never returned.

Almost 4,600 mental health professionals and 90 organizations have joined a petition urging President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and several elected officials to stop the policy of separating children from their parents. Even evangelical supporters like Franklin Graham said its policy was "disgraceful".

Husband and president Donald Trump has inexplicably tried to blame Democrats for the situation, which humanitarian aid group the International Rescue Committee has described as "a policy of willing cruelty".

The politics of the immigration debate have grown more heated since the administration adopted a "zero tolerance" approach at the Southern border.

Late Sunday, Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who has boldly threatened to quit but not followed through, attempted a different strategy from her superiors: She pretended the policy she (supposedly) dislikes so much doesn't exist at all.

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But Miller has expressed none of the president's misgivings. The Democrats forced that law upon our nation'. So what can you do to pressure the Trump administration to reverse these immigration policies? "False. False. A bipartisan 2008 law merely gave the government flexibility in processing border-crossing immigrants".

The administration's critics are not buying that explanation. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., chairman of the Senate Democratic midterm effort, plan to visit the border city of Brownsville, Texas, on Sunday to highlight the concerns. Sessions openly admitted when announcing the policy that children would be ripped away from their parents.

Julian Castro, the former San Antonio mayor who served as Housing and Urban Development secretary in the Obama administration, joined protesters outside a border patrol processing centre in McAllen, where temperatures hit 97F (36C) at mid-afternoon. "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border".

"This was the bane of my existence for three years", Johnson said.

"They are asking us to wait 45 [minutes] for the director to arrive - despite permissions from detainees and attorneys", tweeted Rep. Nadler. More adults were being jailed as a result, which led to their children being separated from them. "I don't see a reason to spend the money doing that", Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said in an interview Friday. "The morality of it was clear - that's not who we are".

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he wants to stop the mass separation of children from their families along the border, but his bid to fix it is pathetic. The meeting that comes just days after Trump threw the fate of the compromise legislation into doubt when he said Friday he wouldn't sign the compromise bill, but the White House later said he would sign the bill if it reached his desk.

The outcry over the separation policy seemed to grow even as the President planned to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday in advance of votes on immigration legislation that has divided his party.

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