Audio of distressed children separated from parents emerges

Danny Woods
June 19, 2018

At a press conference on Monday, Trump made his administration's position clear.

Trump asserted Monday that children "are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth" as a way to enter the United States. "Not on my watch".

First lady Melania Trump issued a subtle rebuke to her husband's administration on Sunday, saying she "hates" seeing children separated from their families by immigration authorities.

The administration has fiercely defended their policy which has been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats.

Speaking at a women's event in NY, the former secretary of state said President Trump's claim that breaking apart adults and their children who enter the US illegally is a law instilled by Democrats is "an outright lie". Nielsen said at a National Sheriffs' Association in New Orleans, "We will not apologize for the job we do, for the job law enforcement does and for the job the American people expect us to do".

Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, said she had warned during the campaign that Trump's hard-line immigration stance would result in family separations.

The number of separations has jumped since early May, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that all migrants illegally crossing the U.S. border with Mexico would be arrested, regardless of whether the adults were seeking asylum. Children are not detained with their parents when those parents are facing a criminal charge, as per USA protocol.

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The tweet came shortly after German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said he had agreed to give Chancellor Angela Merkel two more weeks to find a solution to a dispute over migration policy that has threatened the future of their government.

On Sunday night, former first lady Laura Bush published a rare op-ed in the Washington Post.

Asked whether the president was willing to end the policy, she said: "The president is ready to get meaningful immigration reform across the board".

In 2008, President George W. Bush focused on the problem of minors crossing the border without their parents and signed a law unanimously passed by Congress that called for such "unaccompanied minors" to be released into the "least restrictive setting". You know they come in based on merit, not lottery, or snuck across border.

Contrary to Trump's assertion, the crime rate in Germany is at its lowest point in more than 30 years, according to figures reported by the country's internal ministry last month. Advocacy groups have said the problem arises from a politically-loaded zero-tolerance policy that is being enforced by the present administration. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", she wrote. Families arriving at the border anywhere outside of designated ports are declared criminals; parents are taken into custody and the children removed.

"My mama says that I'll go with my aunt", one young girl says. "The practice and policy today of removing children from their parents' care at our border with Mexico is disgraceful and a shame to our country".

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