Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Melania calls on 'both sides' to end child separation policy

Melania calls on 'both sides' to end child separation policy

White House policy advisor Stephen Miller was instrumental in convincing President Trump to enact his zero-tolerance border policies that have led to immigrant children being separated from their parents, The New York Times reported Saturday.

On Twitter, Trump addressed what he specifically wants in new legislation including "full funding for the Wall;" an end to a diversity visa lottery and certain categories of family-based migration; and a shift toward "merit based immigration" for skilled workers.

"Nobody likes" breaking up families and "seeing babies ripped from their mothers' arms", Ms Conway said.

The practice of separating children from their parents at border crossing is the result of a "zero tolerance" policy announced in April by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Since children can't be detained in jails alongside their parents, they are snatched away and sent to detention centers.

Speaking on the CBS news show "Face the Nation", Sunday morning, the Republican also said the numbers of children who have been separated so far might exceed the almost 2,000 figure earlier reported. A bill authored by Senator Dianne Feinstein has attracted near universal support among the caucus, with several red-state Democrats committing to it on Sunday; only West Virginia's Joe Manchin remains on the fence.

"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform", communications director, Stephanie Grisham, explained to CNN. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement on Wednesday criticizing the government's immigration policies.

"What the administration is doing is they're using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build their wall", Schiff said. "And it's an effort to extort a bill to their liking in the Congress". Democrats, Republicans, health professionals and religious organisations have called for the administration to end the policy, which has attracted widespread condemnation.

"There are other ways to negotiate between Republicans and Democrats".

"It is inconsistent with our American values to separate these children from their parents", Collins said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

But despite his calls for lawmakers to work together on immigration, Trump seemed to pour cold water on current attempts to draw up a centrist immigration bill.

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Because children can not be held in criminal detention, the policy soon led to a spike in children being separated from the families with whom they'd approached the border.

The statement added, "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart". But there's no way the Senate will pass either one - indeed, not much chance the House will.

Rep. Michael McCaul, who helped write the conservative version with Rep. White House officials later said the president had misspoken and didn't realize he was being asked about the compromise bill. "I'll meet them at the White House today because I think that is a disgrace".

"We do not separate breastfeeding children from their parents", the DHS official said. But Trump suggested Friday in an interview on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" he would not reverse his administration's policy unless Democrats agreed to his longstanding immigration priorities.

The president has falsely blamed Democrats for the situation, saying that he was simply enforcing a law that they had written.

The politics of the immigration debate have grown more heated since the administration adopted a "zero tolerance" approach at the Southern border.

"Congress passed the law that it is a crime to enter this country illegally".

The number represents a dramatic uptick from the almost 1,800 family separations that Reuters reported had happened from October 2016 through February of this year.

The family separations took place between April nineteen and May 31.

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