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

"Trump claims Democrats are to blame for families being broken up".

That has earned the Trump administration significant pushback from Democratic lawmakers, several of whom headed to the Texas border and detention centers inland on Sunday to draw attention to the issue and stump for bills they have filed in Congress - which have failed to earn any Republican support.

In the US asylum seekers have watched helplessly as their children have been taken away from them under Donald Trump's new zero tolerance immigration policy. King said that her father "was an activist for the civil rights of Black people in America, but he was also an activist for human rights".

Bannon said he thinks exactly that. Government statistics indicate that almost 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May.

Among the parents caught up in the new rules is 29-year-old Vilma Aracely Lopez Juc de Coc, who fled her home in a remote Guatemalan village after her husband was beaten to death in February, according to advocates.

"I'm looking at both of them", he said.

A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the US.

President Trump's administration has been under scrutiny in recent weeks after instituting a policy that separates immigrants coming to the county illegally from their children.

A young person at the cafeteria at Casa Padre in Texas. More than the legal outcome of their cases, their advocates say, they're anxious about their children.

Trump is expected to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss immigration legislation, including the Trump proposal to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Because of the policy, more adults have been jailed and more children have been shipped elsewhere.

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders cited the Bible to defend a border policy that has separated children from their parents.

The administration has undertaken a zero tolerance immigration policy, resulting in the separation of 1,995 children from parents facing criminal prosecution for unlawfully crossing the border over a six-week period that ended last month.

Parents are now being arrested and placed in quick federal court proceedings near the border.

The Trump administration's decision to separate children from their families as a way to curb illegal immigration is adding fuel to an already fiery debate over immigration.

Republican Senator Susan Collins condemned the separations, except in cases where there is evidence of abuse or another good reason. Department of Homeland Security officials said that at least 2,000 children have been separated from their parents since it began implementing the policy in late April. Stop crossing the border illegally with your children.

Several Democrats, including some who are seen as 2020 presidential candidates, travelled to McAllen in the Rio Grande Valley area in Texas on Sunday to meet with United States border authorities and tour a former Walmart Inc. store that's been converted into a detention centre for almost 1,500 immigrant boys.

Under U.S. law, most Mexican children are sent back across the border. Central American and other minors are taken into government custody before they are mostly released to sponsors in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security said Friday that almost 2,000 children have been placed into shelters over a six-week period. "Zero tolerance, it's a crime to come across illegally, and children get separated". "The age of the child matters.

Parents are being held prisoner inside, literally crying to us to be reunited with their families", the lawmakers said, in a statement, after the visit.

His wife, who seldom wades into the political arena, opted to call for bipartisan immigration reform to fix the issue, rather than denounce the policy. Asked why they are prioritizing families in this effort as opposed to single adults, as they get closer to 100%, officials declined to explain how they choose whom to refer. "Are these moms going to stay in Guatemala?"

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