Melania 'Hates to See' Families Separated at Border

Yolanda Curtis
June 18, 2018

"We are unable to keep families in a detention setting together for an extended period", the DHS official said, noting that nowhere else in the United States are law enforcement agencies expected to detain children with their parents.

Attorney Michael Avenatti blasted Senior Advisor Stephen Miller for having "sold" President Donald Trump on his "fascist" immigration policy that has separated thousands of children from their parents at the border.

In a tweet Saturday morning, the president bashed Democrats for obstructing a GOP immigration bill that would stop the separation of families on the border, provide protection for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, and provide funding for a border wall.

Democrats are being forced to get creative in protesting the Trump Administration's new "zero tolerance" stance toward immigration, as they are outnumbered legislatively in the House. Meanwhile, Trump administration officials alternately took credit and sought to distance the administration from the family separation policy.

But the last sentence in particular is a stark - and, yes, I'll say it, fearless - rejection of her husband's repeated efforts to shift the blame for this to anyone else.

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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren rejected claims by President Trump that Democrats are to blame for the separation of immigrant children from their families at the border, saying the "immoral" policy could be stopped by the president in a matter of minutes.

The border processing center is the first place that detained immigrants go after they are arrested, but the stay is only temporary, CBP officials said. In the past, families in this situation have typically been subject to civil deportation proceedings instead of criminal prosecution.

"I hate the children being taken away", Trump told reporters Friday.

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Mr Trump plans to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss pending immigration legislation, which faces broad opposition from Democrats and is unlikely to pass in the closely divided Senate. It's that simple. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law.

The lawyer representing pornstar Stormy Daniels took to Twitter Sunday to offer his representation of any parent who was separated from their child at the USA border.

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Federal data show almost 2,000 children have been separated from their families between April 19 and May 31, according to the Associated Press.

Realizing the emotional resonance of the issue, House Republican leaders inserted a provision to block the Department of Homeland Security from separating parents and children in an immigration bill expected to be debated this week.

They chanted "Families united!" and "Free our children now!"

Miller, who is Jewish, argued in White House meetings that the new policy would deter illegal immigration. Neither effort is expected to garner Republican support.

Under U.S. law, most Mexican children are sent back across the border.

Similar scenarios play out on a daily basis in federal courtrooms in Texas and Arizona, where dozens of immigrant parents appear on charges of entering the country illegally after travelling up from Central America.

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