A 'Zero-Tolerance' Policy Is Splitting Up More Families At The Border

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U.S. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political-asylum status.

"We are united in going back to Congress and fighting for it", said Rep. Carolyn Maloney of NY, a Democrat.

The White House, meanwhile, maintained that Congress should address the issue in a broad way ― not a narrowly tailored immigration fix like the one being discussed now in the Senate. Bush's husband - both oversaw family separations at the border on their watch, too.

At a space event later, Trump discussed immigration and again blamed Democrats for failing to sign on to Republican immigration proposals.

The Baltimore County lawmaker said he was working with colleagues to "increase the number of family facilities at the border, so immigration officials can keep families together". John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and James Lankford (R-Okla.), are planning to or have already introduced legislation seeking to keep families together while they await court proceedings. "If that's true, they should support our bill NOW!"

Two new polls Monday found about two-thirds of Americans opposed to family separations, with Democrats adamantly opposed and Republicans more mixed. "Change the laws!" he said in a separate tweet.

Trump, whose promise to crack down on illegal immigration has been a major theme of his campaign and presidency, responded sharply to critics on Monday. "If he won't, Congress must act", said Ms. Feinstein, who has written a bill that would ban most family separations. Bush, a Republican, who first spoke out in an opinion piece Sunday in The Washington Post. Anyone saying "that their hands are tied or that the only conceivable way to fix the problem of catch-and-release is to rip families apart is flat wrong", he added.

Sasse added that these children should not be used as bargaining chips.

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.

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Since April, about 2,000 minors have reportedly been separated from the adults they crossed the border with. "That was one of my concerns, that essentially, when you have to give lengthy notice, you end up a little bit of a show rather than seeing what's really going on in these centers".

Former first lady Laura Bush called the policy "cruel" and "immoral" and said "it breaks my heart".

"The government should know how bad this looks and how innocent children are actually suffering", O'Reilly tweeted.

It is unprecedented for former First Lady to criticize the policies of a current president. "The Trump administration will not win on this one and it should reverse course today".

Mrs. Bush made some of the strongest comments yet about the policy from the Republican side of the aisle.

A climbdown on this issue would represent more than a huge embarrassment for the President.

"This is, I think a flawless example of why our borders need to be secure", an officer at the scene said.

"One, it is a motivating factor for Democrats who are seeing these awful images and are fired up to do something about it".

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