What's Behind Family Separation at the Border?: Question and Answer

Tuesday, 19 Jun, 2018

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the policy during a speech in Fort Wayne, Indiana last week.

First Lady Melania Trump issued a statement on the separation of children from parents at the U.S. -Mexico border, calling on "both sides of the aisle" to work together on immigration reform in a statement that does not directly address her husband, President Donald Trump.

"This is all the Democrats' doing", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends". "So if they don't like that law, they should change it", Conway explains.

"Children must not be traumatized by being separated from their parents".

Trump plans to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss pending immigration legislation. "You have to enforce these laws".

In a Father's Day demonstration on Sunday, seven Democrat members of Congress from NY and New Jersey joined hundreds of protesters outside an immigration detention facility in New Jersey to protest the separations.

Atty. Gen. Jeff SessionsTrump has said separating families is required by law.

"I live in a border state", she said.

She invoked her own quote from the Bible - Matthew 19:14 - in response, saying that "Jesus said suffer the little children onto me".

"Crime in Germany is way up", he continued, although Germany's interior ministry recorded the lowest crime levels since 1992 in May.

Donald Trump said the USA will not be a "migrant camp" as his administration defended its controversial practice of separating migrant children from their parents at the border.

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force Once on May 31, 2018. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said in a lengthy Facebook post Monday. "It won't be", Trump said during remarks at the White House on Monday. But the Republican senator is concerned about the child separation policy. Conway said, "The president is ready to get meaningful immigration reform across the board". Trump has railed against the practice.

But it's not the Democrats' law.

He has blamed Democrats for the impasse, even though his fellow Republicans control both chambers in Congress. Democrats have accused the president of using children as hostages. "Don't wait until after the election because you are going to lose!"

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But the Department of Homeland Security does separate children from their parents at the border, and it just put out a press release about it on Friday, explaining its new "zero tolerance" policy for border crossers.

Did officials say that zero tolerance would mean separating families? In the last two months, there's been about 2,000. The number is roughly similar to the previous several years. "And 100 of those kids were under the age of 4".

Trump, who has made a tough stance on immigration a major goal of his presidency, responded sharply to critics on Monday.

"And it breaks my heart", she added.

Former Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci said Monday on CNN that it "doesn't feel right" for the Trump administration to blame Democrats and use the issue as a way of pressuring Democrats into negotiating on a Republican immigration bill.

"Stop lying to the American people". They hope that if parents believe they will be apprehended and their children taken from them, the numbers of people trying to cross illegally will go down.