Laura Bush Blasts Trump Administration for 'Immoral' Family Separations

Occupants at Casa Padre an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors in Brownsville Texas US are seen in this

In a statement last night she said she "hates to see children separated from their families", while the former first lady Laura Bush said the policy "breaks my heart". Sessions has routinely defended his decision, saying that "if you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law".

For long, the image of America was that of the Promised Land.

The comments of current first lady Melania Trump are more fraught.

An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of small Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a US immigration facility took center stage Monday in the growing uproar over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.

Trump said Friday, "I hate the children being taken away", but he also falsely blamed Democrats for a law requiring it. Under the White House's policy, roughly 2,000 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southwest border illegally in the past six weeks. Democrats, meanwhile, stepped up their opposition to the policy, describing it as "evil". "On the flip side, even most Republicans don't think this is a good policy, and if they are counting on people who are not huge fans of Donald Trump to hold their nose and go vote for their Republican member of Congress, this is an added reason not to do that".

"It is not the facilities, it's the act of separating parents from the children. It is evil." Bracing for more child arrivals, the government plans to build camps at military bases in Texas.

President Trump, you know, I've been defending your civil liberties and will continue to do so on this show, but you have to end this policy of separating parents from children. Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said Sunday, "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart".

In addition, White House officials are betting that having a heated debate over border security during the summer and into the fall will motivate Trump's supporters to turn out enthusiastically for Republicans in the mid-term elections.

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. Bush wrote in an editorial published in the Washington Post on Sunday.

The vehicle carrying 14 people went out of control at more than 100 miles per hour and overturned on Texas Highway 85, ejecting most of the occupants, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said. "That's traumatizing to the children who are innocent victims, and it is contrary to our values in this country".

House Republican leaders are reworking their "compromise" immigration bill to include a provision that modifies - but doesn't completely end - the "zero tolerance" policy being enforced now by the Trump administration. Barbara Bush was also an advocate for children while her husband, George H.W. Bush, was in office.

"These children should not be a negotiating tool". Imagine not being able to pick up a child who is not yet out of diapers.

At the border, an estimated 80 people pleaded guilty Monday to immigration charges, including some who asked the judge questions such as "What's going to happen to my daughter?" and "What will happen to my son?"

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