Melania Trump indirectly criticizes USA government's zero tolerance policy

Melania Trump indirectly criticizes USA government's zero tolerance policy

Since then, the administration has been steadily eroding protections for immigrant families.

Democrats and some in Trump's own Republican Party have strongly condemned the administration for separating almost 2,000 children from their parents at the border between mid-April and the end of May. "They're really obstructionist. The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility".

The processing center in McAllen has resorted to virtual processing due to the influx of detainees since the policy was announced, said John Lopez, acting deputy patrol agent in charge.

In a recent six-week period there were almost 2,000 family separations.

Last month, Vice President Pence said Mr. Trump was hosting the meeting of the council "as a sign of the administration's commitment to the US leading in space again".

It has always been a misdemeanor federal offense to be caught illegally entering the country, punishable by up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The detained children resulted from the policy, in which immigrants apprehended entering the United States illegally are criminally charged under the criminal entry statute, known as 1325.

Here's a look at some of the Republicans who have spoken out. Joe Manchin on Monday became the 49th Democrat to sign onto a bill meant to halt family separations for immigrants accused of trying to cross the border illegally. Since children can not be jailed in federal prisons, they're placed in shelters that have long existed for unaccompanied immigrant children arriving on the border alone. What's happening is so sad. "And reuniting them with their families would reaffirm America's belief in & support for all parents who love their children", he tweeted.

Since the policy went into effect in April, nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their families.

Now there are a total of more than 11,700 children in the office's custody, according to officials.

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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. For now, the press and the public, even members of Congress, get to see and hear only what the Trump administration allows. While the children had beds and toys, she said people working at the shelters were instructed not to pick up or touch the children to comfort them.

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"They are thieves and murderers and so much else", he said.

I've heard administration officials say their hands are tied.

Democratic lawmakers vowed Sunday to end the "evil" separation of migrant children from their parents at the U.S. border, as First Lady Melania Trump made a rare political plea to end the deeply controversial practice.

Giuliani said the issue could be resolved if Congress passed a comprehensive immigration bill.

"No nation can have the policy that whole classes of people are immune from immigration law or enforcement".

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen insisted that "we do not have a policy of separating families at the border".

"Nothing could be further from the truth". There are no laws requiring families to be ripped apart.

"I can assure you we'll be fighting to the end to stop this ugly, vile program that is harming children and creating massive child abuse". Republican lawmakers are growing ever more concerned about negative effects on their re-election campaigns this fall, and Trump was to travel to Capitol Hill Tuesday for a strategy session on possible legislation.