Melania Trump calls for end to migrant family separations

Melania Trump calls for end to migrant family separations

Acosta expressed outraged at the Trump administration's policy of separating families at the border.

"The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility. Not on my watch".

In an effort to rebut criticism of the administration, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Sunday repeated in a tweet the department's view: "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border".

Former first lady Laura Bush, 71, has largely stayed silent on the policy issues of sitting presidents following her husband, George W. Bush's time in office.

Melania Trump, 48, the wife of US President Donald Trump, 72, said she "hates" that parents and children have been separated as part of the controversial child separation policy in the US.

One would end the separation policy, fund the border wall and give legal protections to some immigrants who entered the country as children. Officials said American parents are also separated from their children if they break the law and have to go through the judicial process.

"So understand that blaming other people for your woes is an old strategy, and that's exactly what the president of the United States is doing", he said. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws but also a country that governs with heart", a spokeswoman for the first lady said.

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In May 2018, USA attorney general Jeff Sessions announced a new, "zero-tolerance" policy under which the Department of Homeland Security would be refer 100% of immigrants illegally crossing the border for criminal prosecution in federal court. Prior procedure had limited prosecution for many family entrants, in part because regulations prohibit detaining children with their parents since the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are. "I mean, I hate to say it, that's the law and he's enforcing the law".

But it's become tougher to deport people as they've learned to exploit parts of US law that are more lenient on children and families, and on people who claim asylum - even if their case is shaky. He was speaking at the White House while announcing an unrelated policy. "Using children, young children, as political foils is abhorrent", said Sen Jack Reed, D-R.I.

Even fervent Trump supporter and former Fox News pundit Bill O'Reilly spoke out against the tactic, calling it a "disaster for the Trump administration" in a series of tweets Monday.

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force Once on May 31, 2018. Advocacy groups have said the problem arises from a politically-loaded zero-tolerance policy that is being enforced by the present administration.

To Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the administration is "using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build our wall. Not going to happen in the U.S".

A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the US-Mexico border on June 12 in McAllen, Texas.

Trump again blamed Democrats for the family separations on Monday, tweeting, "It is the Democrats (sic) fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder (sic) Security and Crime". And Trump's own Republican Party controls both chambers of Congress.

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