Melania Trump 'hates' to see families separated at US border

Melania Trump 'hates' to see families separated at US border

What she failed to mention: Attorney General Jeff Sessions' "zero tolerance" border policy, announced in May, held that all immigrants who cross the border illegally will be charged with a crime.

"They're willing to risk harm to a child being traumatized, separated from a parent and sitting in federal detention by themselves, in order to reach a larger policy goal of deterrence", said Jennifer Podkul, director of policy at Kids in Need of Defence, which represents children in immigration court.

A Guatemalan woman and her infant daughter seeking asylum sit at a Catholic Charities relief center on Sunday, June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. "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.

A spokeswoman for Melania Trump told CNN on Sunday that the first lady "hates to see children separated from their families" and hopes lawmakers from both parties can agree on immigration reform.

"What the administration has made a decision to do is to separate children from their parents to try to send a message that, if you cross the border with children, your children are going to be ripped away from you", she said on "Face the Nation" on CBS. She said the United States government "should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso".

"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.

Following a spike in attempted border crossings in April, Miller was reportedly instrumental in persuading Trump to enforce a policy of child separation as a deterrent, according to the report. Pope Francis posted a tweet last week that some interpreted as referring to the new US practice of placing migrant children in centers separate from their parents.

USA officials said on Friday that almost 2,000 children were separated from adults at the border between mid-April and the end of May.

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Melania Trump's Father's Day statement emphasises the fact that laws are always applied with discretion and that the United States can be both a law-abiding country and one that "governs with heart".

On Friday, Trump hinted in a tweet that the policy is intended as political leverage to force Democratic lawmakers to agree to changes to immigration law containing elements they oppose, including the construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border.

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

Representative Adam Schiff said the practice was "deeply unethical" and that Republicans' refusal to criticise Mr Trump represented a "sad degeneration" of the party, which he said had become "the party of lies".

On Saturday, Trump was more direct: "Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!" "If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law". Trump said in a morning post on Twitter.

Maybe the White House figures families will stop coming once word gets out, but they won't all stop: Some are fleeing truly horrific situations back home.

Instead, she said, the Senate should "try again" with a bipartisan immigration bill that fell short of the 60-vote procedural threshold earlier this year - a vote that Collins suggested might have been successful had the Department of Homeland Security not "issued an inflammatory news release" the night before "that torpedoed the bill".

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