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Melania Trump ‘hates’ separating migrant kids from parents

Melania Trump ‘hates’ separating migrant kids from parents

In an effort to rebut criticism of the administration, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Sunday repeated in a tweet the department's view: "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border".

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

Nielsen continued: "For those seeking asylum at ports of entry, we have continued the policy from previous Administrations and will only separate if the child is in danger, there is no custodial relationship between "family" members, or if the adult has broken a law". And it breaks my heart.

"While we must work towards a solution that reduces the occurrence of illegal border crossings, it is unacceptable to separate young children from their parents", Republican Rep. David Valadao of Hanford said in a statement to McClatchy.

"There is an important conversation occurring in this country about whether we want to be a country with laws or whether we want to be a country without borders", Sessions said, turning to the controversy consuming the public discourse toward the end of his 30-minute speech. Have a say in our informal poll, and feel free to join the conversation in the comment section.

When parents are taken into federal custody, their children are removed.

The backlash against the Trump administration's policy has been bipartisan. Children traveling with the adults have been separated and placed in detention centers. Trump said in a morning post on Twitter.

A grand bargain in Congress to finally resolve deep divisions over immigration law appeared unlikely, with Trump focused on winning funding for a wall he has long wanted to build along America's southern border with Mexico. "It's clearly within their power to make the laws and change the laws".

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Border policy fuels backlash against Trump
Trump was due to meet Republicans in the House of Representatives on Tuesday as they prepared to vote on two immigration bills. The Border Patrol said close to 200 people inside the facility were minors unaccompanied by a parent.

"Before 2011, approximately one out of every 100 people arriving illegally claimed credible fear and sought asylum in the United States".

After Mr Trump ordered tougher action, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero-tolerance" policy on 7 May. They're frightful laws. What's happening is so sad, is so sad.

"When a child is apprehended with their parents, DHS is required, due to various court rulings, to release the child within 20 days", she said.

In a speech Monday to the National Sheriffs' Association in New Orleans - a few hours after her tweet - Nielsen said the administration would "not apologize" for doing its job.

"If the Democrats would sit down, instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly: good for the children, good for the country, good for the world", he said.

Hillary Clinton, a stern opponent of President Trump, took to social media to criticise the policy, calling it a "humanitarian crisis".

Nielsen's unexpected appearance at the daily briefing capped days of harrowing coverage of the plight of at least 2,000 children who have been separated from their parents at the United States border.

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