Melania Trump 'hates' to see children separated from families at U.S. border

A teen at the Casa Padre detention facility in Brownsville Texas gets a meal

A teen at the Casa Padre detention facility in Brownsville Texas gets a meal

The First Lady made a rare statement Sunday criticizing her husband's administration over the policy.

"The US will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility", Trump said at the White House during a meeting for his space council.

Ms Nielsen was widely criticised on Sunday when she tweeted that her department does "not have a policy of separating families at the border".

Democrats and some in Mr Trump's own Republican Party have admonished the administration for dividing almost 2,000 children from their parents between mid-April and the end of May. Susan Collins expressed concern about it and a former adviser to Trump questioned using the policy to pressure Democrats on immigration legislation. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have defended the administration's policies saying they are merely enforcing the law. "They're taken care of", he said at the National Sheriffs' Association convention in New Orleans on Monday.

"Now as we watch with broken hearts, that's exactly what's happening", she said.

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Almost 2,000 children have been separated from their parents in the six week following the administration's announcement of a "zero-tolerance policy" against illegal border crossings.

People have been detained and referred for criminal prosecution, but U.S. rules state that children are not allowed to be held with their parents because they have not been charged with a crime.

At a conference of U.S. Catholic bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo said in a statement, "At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life". Trump wrote in a tweet.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush also criticised what's going on in a newspaper article.

Trump has repeatedly, incorrectly blamed Democrats in Congress for the policy.

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The Democratic lawmakers said President Donald Trump's zero-tolerance policy goes too far. Meanwhile, 58 percent of American voters disagree with the idea that a wall would stem the flow of illegal immigrants across the border.

"Congress passed the law that it is a crime to enter this country illegally".

"This must not be who we are as a nation", said Representative Jerrold Nadler, one of seven members of Congress from NY and New Jersey who met with five detainees inside a facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, including three who said they had young relatives removed from their care after seeking asylum at the border.

"This zero-tolerance policy is cruel".

Federal records show the number of criminal prosecutions for crossing the southwest border jumped to almost 8,300 in April of this year. It is resulting in prosecution of ALL individuals who are caught illegally crossing the border, and consequently whenever a parent or adult is accompanied by a child, they are separated. Several religious groups, including some conservative ones, have pushed to stop the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents.

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