Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

On immigration, Melania Trump wants to see USA 'govern with heart'

On immigration, Melania Trump wants to see USA 'govern with heart'

The President has sometimes clumsily blamed Democrats for his policy, drawing howls of protests and claims Trump is a liar from commentators, immigration advocates and some news outlets as a whole, most notably CNN and The New York Times.

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".

"This administration did not create a policy of separating families. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart".

Almost 2,000 children have been taken from their parents since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the administration's "zero tolerance" policy, which directs Homeland Security officials to refer all cases of illegal entry into the United States for prosecution. More adults were being jailed as a result, which led to their children being separated from them.

On Sunday, congressional delegations and immigration advocates marched to facilities where the government is holding unaccompanied immigrant children. Reuters could not independently verify its authenticity.

The separations are a outcome of a Trump administration policy to maximize criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the US illegally.

Multiple members of the Trump administration, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, have defended the policy in recent days. We are taking care of these children. Almost 2,000 immigrant children were separated from parents over a period of about six weeks in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security. "Don't wait until after the election because you are going to lose!" "Yet the president and his administration continue to perpetuate falsehoods and blame others for their own cruelty". Lisa Murkowski said in a statement.

Speaking after visiting McAllen several Democrats expressed anger at the family separations and called on the Trump administration to change its policy.

Trump, whose promise to crack down on illegal immigration was a major theme of his 2016 campaign and one he has carried into his presidency, responded sharply to critics on Monday.

It's here that migrant families are kept when they are nabbed trying to enter the United States illegally - one in a series of 30-by-30-foot fenced-in "pods", or cages, each able to hold 20 to 30 people. But senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway pushed back on that notion Sunday. "That, however, will require a longer-term solution including more border security". Republicans announced that they planned to vote next week on a pair of immigration bills, but Democrats have indicated they are solidly opposed to both of those proposals. "Parents are being held prisoner inside, literally crying to us to be reunited with their families", the lawmakers said, in a statement, after the visit. And: "I hate the children being taken away". This must stop. Now. "If we build the wall, if we pass legislation to end the lawlessness, we won't face these awful choices".

He said his bill would build temporary shelters where immigrant families could stay together in cases where there was no threat to the children's safety, double the number of federal immigration judges and speed handling of asylum applications. "I hate it. I hate to see separation of parents and children". Details were still in flux.

The House bill would also overturn a court settlement and allow children to remain in DHS custody indefinitely. "Trump and Sessions say they are following laws".

Former first lady Laura Bush called the policy "cruel" and "immoral", and said it was "eerily reminiscent" of the US internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II.

Border crossings briefly dropped after Trump took office in January 2017 but have since risen to levels seen during the administration of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

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