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

18 June, 2018, 13:21 | Author: Sheila Harris
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The President and members of his administration have responded to the backlash against the new policy by shifting blame to Congress.

"The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their frightful and cruel legislative agenda", Trump said on Twitter.

Immigration is one of the most divisive, hot-button crises plaguing the Trump administration.

Nielsen sent five Twitter messages Sunday evening in response to the lawmakers, including one that "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border".

A group of House Democrats converged on an immigration detention facility in New Jersey on Sunday, days before a planned vote by House Republicans next week.

The statement was issued on Father's Day.

These include "four pillars" the administration wants: guaranteed funding of $25 billion for a wall along the Mexican border; ending the Diversity Visa Program that now offers admission by lottery to 55,000 immigrants each year; and an end to the system of family-based immigration that distributes visas to the spouses, children and siblings of US citizens.

The policy has drawn condemnation from medical professionals, religious leaders and immigration activists, who warn that some children could suffer lasting psychological trauma. The figure is the only one released by the goverment.

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

Mrs Trump has called for Republicans and Democrats to work together on the issue.

"I don't see the mainstream media, and I don't see the liberal left embracing the Angel Moms, those people that were permanently separated from their children because of illegal aliens that came over here and committed crimes and killed people", he said in response to a question.

The president used a similar strategy past year as he sought to gain approval for his immigration demands by using the lure of protection for young immigrants brought to the United States as children. "It's an effort to extort a bill to their liking in the Congress".

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat from Texas, said he was working on legislation that would end the practice of family separation.

He will meet with Republican colleagues on Tuesday to discuss both bills, which the White House has said he would be willing to sign.

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

The polls were starting to suggest that Republicans might not lose big in this November's midterm elections, but they'll turn back the other way if this keeps up - and rightly so. "They are the ones who broke the law, they are the ones who endangered their own children on their trek". "They never expected the bill to pass".

There has been no information on the age of the separated children.

Democrats went on the counterattack, with top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi calling the Republican proposal "simply unworthy of America". "They are holding the kids hostage".

Julian Castro, the former San Antonio mayor who served as Housing and Urban Development secretary in the Obama administration, joined protesters outside a border patrol processing centre in McAllen, where temperatures hit 97F (36C) at mid-afternoon. I mean, I hate to say it, that's the law and he's enforcing the law, ' he said.

"Ms Grisham went on to say that "[Melania] believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart", a line which supports the president's recent policy decision to criminally prosecute all adults attempting to cross illegally into the U.S. over the southern border. "It was de facto open borders".

USA religious leaders have castigated the policy. "The president is trying to show he's president for the entire country", he said.

The Department of Homeland Security reports that almost 2,000 children were sent to mass detention centers between April 19 and May 31.

Some senior officials think Democrats will be pressured by the policy to cut an immigration deal. "This is not just on the Trump administration - this is on all of us". They also said the children were being well cared for and disputed reports of disorder and mistreatment at the border.

"It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period". "What is more risky to a minor, the 4,000 mile journey to America, or the short-term detention of their parents?"

Van Hollen's participation is notable as he's in charge of Senate Democrats' midterm campaign committee. Several other legislators, including Sen.

The McAllen delegation was led by Senators Jeff Merkley of OR and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. "As a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who's got a conscience ..." The video had been viewed 40,000 times by Friday.

In the first two weeks of the "zero-tolerance" approach, 658 minors - including many babies and toddlers - were separated from the adults that travelled with them, according to USA border officials. "It's deeply impactful in a district like ours, where we are 40 percent Latino". "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", Bush, who lives in Texas, wrote in a Washington Post opinion piece.

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