Mrs Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says the first lady believes "we need to be a country that follows all laws", but also one "that governs with heart".
"The policy now being enacted where children are being separated from their parents even when they're applying for asylum, we want that to stop", said Acosta. That's yet another concern child advocates now have since the Trump administration is requiring fingerprints of sponsors and their household members and will turn that data over to the immigration agency in charge of deportations.
"The administration shows no sign of backing down from its policy of separating children from their parents despite powerful new condemnation from faith leaders", Tom Jawetz, vice president for immigration policy at progressive group Center for American Progress, told Agence France-Presse (AFP).
"From the experience of previous administrations, it does not act as a deterrent to use children in this fashion", she said.
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Democratic lawmakers joined hundreds of protesters outside an immigration detention facility in New Jersey on Sunday for a Father's Day demonstration against the Trump administration's practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border. "We have a crisis on the southern border".
In 2005, he launched Operation Streamline, a program along a stretch of the border in Texas that referred all unlawful entrants for criminal prosecution, imprisoning them and expediting assembly-line-style trials geared toward quickly deporting them.
While Trump has transparent contempt for his Attorney General because he recused himself from the Russian Federation probe and put the President in jeopardy, the White House backed Sessions' invocation of religion for the immigration measures. So the Trump administration's policy, which it announced last month, is the fault of an imaginary law that Democrats, who are in the minority in both houses of Congress, passed at some imaginary point in the past and now refuse to change.
"The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their frightful and cruel legislative agenda", Trump said on Twitter.
Since then, the administration has been steadily eroding protections for immigrant families.
In a recent six-week period there were almost 2,000 family separations. "It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero-tolerance policy for illegal entry, period". The House is expected to vote this week on a bill pushed by conservatives that may not have enough support to pass, and a compromise measure that the White House has endorsed.
Miller, who is Jewish, argued in White House meetings that the new policy would deter illegal immigration. Yet US President Donald Trump, for reasons that aren't yet clear, said yesterday that he won't support their bill.
But he also repeated the falsehood that Democrats, now in the minority in Congress, are responsible for a law that mandates family separations. Miller has said internally that the child separations will bring the numbers down at the border, a goal that Trump wants to achieve.
Critics have expressed outrage at these policies, sharing upsetting stories of parents saying they had no idea they were being separated, of overcrowded conditions in detention centers, and, in at least one case, a parent being overwhelmed with emotion and committing suicide after having his toddler and wife separated from him.
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