Melania Trump: US should 'govern with heart' on immigration

Donna Miller
June 18, 2018

"The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their disgusting and cruel legislative agenda", he tweeted.

Numerous 1,500 children in the facility, a former Walmart, might more readily agree with a part of Obama's 2014 speech that is not on the wall: "Our immigration system is broken - and everybody knows it".

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Democrats went on the counterattack, with top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi calling the Republican proposal "simply unworthy of America".

"The GOP's in a tough spot", said Republican pollster Frank Luntz. Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that "separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral".

Since that controversy erupted, Trump has repeatedly used the term proudly.

Kellyanne Conway says "nobody likes" the migrant-family separation policy but insists it's not just a bargaining chip for the Trump administration, the Hill reports. Since U.S. policy bars children from being detained with their parents since they are not charged with a crime, they have been separated from their parents.

The former White House chief strategist said in an interview with ABC's "This Week" that he does not believe that Trump has frequently lied. "The thinking in the building is to force people to the table".

"We understand that our immigration system is broken, but this is certainly not the way to handle it", Brooks said.

On Saturday, Trump was more direct: "Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!" White House officials later said the president had misspoken and didn't realize he was being asked about the compromise bill. None spoke in support of the bill.

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McCaul, R-Texas, said both bills satisfy Trump's main objectives. "I'll go tell him".

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said earlier this week that executive, not legislative, action is key in ending the "barbaric" policy. "If you don't like families' being separated, you can tell DHS stop doing it". "They are holding the kids hostage".

Last month, facing a sharp uptick in illegal border crossings, Trump ordered a new effort to criminally prosecute anyone who crossed the border unlawfully - with few exceptions for parents travelling with their minor children. During the Obama and Bush administration, most undocumented immigrants who were caught at the border were released pending a hearing - which many never showed up for. "I mean, I hate to say it, that's the law and he's enforcing the law". "People are able to understand immediately the drive of parents to protect their child and to understand the horror of splitting up vulnerable children from their parents". The Evangelical Immigration Table, a group of Evangelical religious organizations including the National Association of Evangelicals and Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, has written to Trump asking to "resolve this situation of families being separated" by reversing the zero-tolerance policy, stating, "the state should separate families only in the rarest of instances".

Some senior officials think Democrats will be pressured by the policy to cut an immigration deal. Meanwhile, Trump administration officials alternately took credit and sought to distance the administration from the family separation policy.

Others have argued that the main benefit of the policy is deterrence. But Collins said Sunday morning that the numbers may be higher.

The politics of the debate have grown more heated since the Administration adopted a "zero tolerance" approach.

Democrats have been incorporating the plight of the separated children in their midterm election campaigns.

"We saw the fear in the eyes of these children who are wondering when they will see their parent ever again". New centers in Texas will open in the next few days. The video had been viewed 40,000 times by Friday.

Stories of weeping children torn from the arms of their frightened parents have emerged since a "zero tolerance" policy on illegal entries was enforced, with all cases now being referred for criminal prosecution.

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