'We don't want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us, ' tweets USA president. "Not on my watch". Speaking with reporters outside the White House Friday, Trump said: "I hate the children being taken away".
He is battling growing outrage over separation of children from their parents as the families attempt to jump the border and immigrate illegally.
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President Donald Trump and others in the administration have falsely blamed the separations of families on a law Trump claims was written by Democrats. The separation policy follows Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement on April 6 of a "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that includes criminally prosecuting illegal border-crossers, thus separating them from children who under US law can not be held in criminal detention centers. Several religious groups, including some conservative ones, have pushed to stop the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents. "We are doing none of those things. We are enforcing the laws passed by Congress", she said, calling on Congress to reform immigration laws.
According to CBS News, it is part of a "zero tolerance" policy announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions two months ago, in which immigrants crossing into the US illegally will face criminal prosecution and are immediately taken into custody.
"We saw the fear in the eyes of these children who are wondering when they will see their parent ever again".
"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle achieve successful immigration reform", Stephanie Grisham, Trump's spokeswoman, said in a statement to reporters. "It's a crime to come across illegally and children get separated".
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Clinton also took a swipe at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who, on Thursday, cited the Bible to defend the border policy, and added that recent criticisms were not "fair or logical and some are contrary to law". She compared the separation of the children to the internment camps for Japanese-Americans in World War II.
- Karen Tumulty is a Washington Post columnist covering national politics.
Melania Trump has spoken out against her husband's border policy.
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.
No. There is no law that requires the government to separate children from their parents.
Administration officials say they want to deter people from trying to immigrate illegally. To Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the administration is "using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build our wall".
Trump's Republican party holds a majority in both houses of Congress but itself is divided on immigration policies.