Homeland Security chief slams 'irresponsible' reports of separating migrant families

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Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said Mrs Trump "hates to see children separated from their families" and believes the USA should be a country that "governs with heart".

President Trump campaigned on a platform to cut off the flow of immigrants entering the United States through Mexico and repeatedly characterised those coming through as potential rapists and criminals.

Trump has said Democrats need to get behind Republican legislative efforts.

Trump has placed blame for the policy on Democrats as recently as Friday, when he had an impromptu press conference outside the White House.

Leading figures of both parties pressured President Donald Trump on Sunday (June 17) to halt his administration's practice of separating children from their parents when apprehended at the border as the issue further polarised the already divisive immigration debate in Washington. It passed unanimously in Congress and was signed by Republican President George W. Bush. My mother-in-law never viewed her embrace of that fragile child as courageous.

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As reported by the Associated Press: "From April 19 to May 31, 1,995 children were separated from 1,940 adults, according to Homeland Security statistics".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' zero tolerance announcement that the government will prosecute all unlawful immigrants as criminals set up a situation in which children are removed when their parents are taken into federal custody.

Administration officials have defended the tactic as necessary to secure the border and suggested it would act as a deterrent to illegal immigration. Jerry Nadler, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, of NY, and Rep.

The policy has drawn condemnation from medical professionals, religious leaders and immigration activists, who warn that some children could suffer lasting psychological trauma.

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On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents.

Mr Trump has blamed a law "Democrats gave us" for the policy, but it is unclear which law he is referring to. "That contradicts everything we know that the kids need to build their health", Kraft said.

'President Trump could stop this policy with a phone call, ' he said. Susan Collins expressed concern about it and a former adviser to President Donald Trump said he thought the issue was going to hurt the president at some point.

Technically, Nielsen's correct: families are separated not at the US-Mexico border, but near the border, at a sorting centre.

Mrs Trump has called for Republicans and Democrats to work together on the issue.

"Nobody likes" breaking up families and "seeing babies ripped from their mothers' arms", said Conway. That was the rule, Kraft said she was told: They're not allowed to touch the children. Do you agree with her or the president?

"What the President has discovered is this policy, which he put in place six weeks ago, is creating an uproar among the American people", Senator Van Hollen said in an interview in Brownsville, Texas.

"Families belong together", protesters chanted on Sunday, as hundreds gathered outside detention centres in the states of Texas and New Jersey, calling for an end to the practice.

Democrats in the US House of Representatives will introduce legislation this week aimed at stopping separations, mirroring a similar Senate bill sponsored by Democrat Dianne Feinstein. Yet scuttling the bill could turn off independent voters, an especially important bloc for House Republicans competing in dozens of districts that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election.

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