Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Conway says 'nobody likes' family separation policy

Conway says 'nobody likes' family separation policy

Mrs Trump "believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart", her spokeswoman said.

First lady Melania Trump "hates" to see families separated at the border and hopes "both sides of the aisle" can reform the nation's immigration laws, according to a statement from her office Sunday about the controversy.

According to CBS News, it is part of a "zero tolerance" policy announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions two months ago, in which immigrants crossing into the USA illegally will face criminal prosecution and are immediately taken into custody.

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".

Democrats have accused the president of effectively turning the children into political hostages to secure stricter immigration measures, such as funding for a U.S. -Mexico border wall.

Conway rejects the idea that President Donald Trump is using the kids as leverage to get Democrats to negotiate on immigration and his border wall.

In South Texas on Sunday, several Democratic lawmakers, including Senator Jeff Merkley, visited a Border Patrol Processing Center in McAllen to call attention to the policy, while Representative Beto O'Rourke, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Texas, led a protest march to a temporary detention facility for immigrant children set up near El Paso.

Mr Trump plans to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss pending immigration legislation amid an election-season debate over an issue that helped vault the NY real estate mogul into the Oval Office in 2016.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen insisted, however, that "we do not have a policy of separating families at the border".

Mr Trump said on Twitter on Saturday the "forced family breakup at the border" could be solved by Democrats "working with Republicans on new legislation".

Immigration is one of the most divisive issues plaguing the Trump administration.

Now, undocumented migrant adults are arrested and jailed, and their children are then classified as unaccompanied alien minors and taken away to separate facilities. "The Democrats have to change their law - that's their law".

"It's zero tolerance. I don't think you have to justify it", Bannon said on family separation. Maine's Susan Collins, the most moderate member of the Republican caucus, said on Meet the Press that she did not support the family separation policy, but also would not support the Democratic legislation because it was too broad - though it has little chance of becoming law. Rev. Franklin Graham, who's typically a Trump ally, told Christian Broadcasting Network that it's "disgraceful, it's awful, to see families ripped apart, and I don't support that one bit".

The situation now is "inhumane" and "un-American", he said.

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

The issue deeply divides Republicans, who are increasingly breaking with the administration over the zero-tolerance policy.

"I hope to produce the outrage and the public pressure to force those in power to do the right thing", he said.

Or hold Melania Trump's statement against the candid acknowledgment to the New York Times by Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller that the approach was "a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period".

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