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WHAT'S HAPPENING: Border policy fuels backlash against Trump

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Border policy fuels backlash against Trump

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.

"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.

Trump's former chief strategist said Republicans would face steep consequences for pushing the compromise bill because it provides a path to citizenship for young "Dreamer" immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

The Border Patrol said close to 200 people inside the facility were minors unaccompanied by a parent.

Speaking at a White House event on space Monday, Trump argued that Democrats could end the policy imposed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions if they worked with Republicans to overhaul immigration laws.

Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of Homeland Security, tweeted last night, quote, "we do not have a policy of separating families at the border, period". It passed unanimously in Congress and was signed by Republican President George W. Bush.

More than 1,100 people were inside the large, dark facility, which was divided into separate wings for unaccompanied children, adults on their own, and parents with children.

In a Father's Day demonstration on Sunday, seven Democrat members of Congress from NY and New Jersey joined hundreds of protesters outside an immigration detention facility in New Jersey to protest the separations. One would end the separation policy, fund the border wall and give legal protections to some immigrants who entered the country as children.

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Trump was due to meet Republicans in the House of Representatives on Tuesday as they prepared to vote on two immigration bills.

Melania Trump released a statement on June 17 expressing her heartbreak over the desperate crisis created by little children being separated from their parents at the southern border under orders from the Trump administration. Trump blames Democrats falsely for the situation.

U.S. President Donald Trump blasted the German government's internal conflict over immigration Monday, claiming on Twitter that the country's citizens are "turning against" their political leaders. Sessions has routinely defended his decision, saying that "if you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law".

"This must not be who we are as a nation", Representative Jerrold Nadler said, one of seven members of congress from NY and New Jersey who met with five detainees inside the facility, including three who said they had young relatives removed from their care after seeking asylum at the border.

FILE - First lady Melania Trump participates in a celebration of military mothers and spouses at the White House in Washington, May 9, 2018.

"As I have said many times before, if you are seeking asylum for your family, there is no reason to break the law and illegally cross between ports of entry", she tweeted.

In heartbreaking audio released by transparency group ProPublica, several Central American children separated from their parents are heard desperately sobbing and wailing, some so hard they nearly can not breathe.

Mrs Trump, who moved from her native Slovenia to the United States where she married her husband in 2005, often campaigns on behalf of children.

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