Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Melania Trump 'hates' to see children separated from families at U.S. border

Melania Trump 'hates' to see children separated from families at U.S. border

The Trump administration's policy of separating illegal immigrant families at the U.S. -Mexico border doesn't sit well with some people, including former First Lady Laura Bush.

Briefly referring to the administration's controversial child separation policy, Mr. Trump said, "We're stuck with these awful laws". It has resulted in nearly 2,000 children being separated from their families at the US-Mexico border over six weeks, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. Mr. Trump said that if Democrats would "sit down instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly" with regards to immigration legislation. Sessions openly admitted when announcing the policy that children would be ripped away from their parents.

President Donald Trump had previously tried to blame the policy on Democrats, but over the weekend his secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen, flat-out denied that such a policy existed.

US first lady Melania Trump has spoken out against the detention of thousands of migrant children separated from their parents by American authorities at the US-Mexico border.

In an editorial for the Washington Post on Sunday (June 17), the former first lady wrote that "this zero-tolerance policy is cruel". Bush explained why the White House's zero tolerance policy is "cruel", "immoral", and "breaks her heart".

"I live in a border state", she said. "I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our worldwide boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel", she wrote.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called on Trump to end family separation during an appearance Friday on CNN.

Yet he continued to blame Democrats on Monday while speaking at a National Space Council meeting at the White House.

Homeland Security chief defends separating families at border
She said the "vast majority" of children being held in the detention facilities were sent to the U.S. alone by their parents. A " zero tolerance" policy from Attorney General Jeff Sessions mandates all border-crossers be treated as criminals.

"It's hard for me to enjoy Father's Day knowing what's happening to other children and families", he said.

"Why don't the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world's worst immigration law?" That's a policy choice the Trump administration has made.

Over the weekend, millions of people shared the gone-viral photo taken by photographer John Moore, of a two-year-old girl crying and screaming while a USA border agent detained her mother.

Almost 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Mr Sessions announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution. "That's traumatizing to the children who are innocent victims, and it is contrary to our values in this country".

"I've studied the bible, both the Old and the New Testament", the 2016 presidential candidate said.

The First Lady's explicit exhortation to "both sides", when her husband has repeatedly blamed Democrats for the fiasco, came as a surprise, as did her call for the U.S. to govern "with heart".

Meanwhile, House Republicans have put together two immigration bills - a hard-right proposal and one that is a compromise between conservative and moderate Republicans.

He added, "While protecting our borders is important, we can and must do better as a government, and as a society, to find other ways to ensure that safety". But neither bill has much hope of securing enough support in the Republican-controlled Congress, let alone surviving Trump's veto pen.

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