Laura Bush, Melania Trump weigh in on separating immigrant families

New US immigration policy separates children from families

In a rare comment, Mrs Trump spoke against the Trump administration's harsh policy, saying the United States needs to be "a country that governs with heart".

But the Department of Homeland Security does separate children from their parents at the border, and it just put out a press release about it on Friday, explaining its new "zero tolerance" policy for border crossers.

In a tweet he added that what was happening with immigration there presented a similar threats to the United States. "Not on my watch".

"I want that burden to be so uncomfortable for so many of us that it forces us to act, it places the public pressure on those in positions of public trust and power to do the right thing for our country", O'Rourke, who is seeking to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz, said to applause. More Republicans spoke out against the policy as Democrats called for changes.

One would end the separation policy, fund the border wall and give legal protections to some immigrants who entered the country as children.

While the statement suggested the matter was an issue for Congress, Democratic lawmakers and others have pointed out that no law mandates the separation of children and parents at the border. He also describes the current policy as a reaction against a "bad old policy", wherein he says many people took advantage of asylum seeker laws to get into the USA and then did not show up to follow up hearings to determine the legitimacy of their asylum claims.

Former Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci said in a weekend interview that the child separation interview could be unsafe for Trump.

In another, he contended that children "are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country".

But it's become tougher to deport people as they've learned to exploit parts of US law that are more lenient on children and families, and on people who claim asylum - even if their case is shaky.

"I've studied the bible, both the Old and the New Testament", the 2016 presidential candidate said. Laura Bush said the ongoing policy at the border "breaks her heart" in an editorial published by The Washington Post.

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

Senator Graham of SC, a longtime Trump ally and golf partner, said on CNN on Friday (June 15), that "President Trump could stop this policy with a phone call".

Trump plans to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss pending immigration legislation amid an election-season debate over one of his favorite issues.

She wrote, "this zero-tolerance policy is cruel".

Trump's tweet about Germany referred to a political dispute over German Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door migrant policy that is threatening her governing coalition.

Democrat Adam Schiff said the government was "using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build our wall". But neither bill has much hope of securing enough support in the Republican-controlled Congress, let alone surviving Trump's veto pen. The White House has said Trump would sign either of those.

Schiff said that the practice was "deeply unethical" and that Republicans' refusal to criticise Trump represented a "sad degeneration" of the party, which he said had become "the party of lies".

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