The American people will not tolerate having 2,000 migrant minors, many of them young children, separated from their parents, who themselves are being held at the border in what are effectively steel cages.
"We will separate those who claim to be a parent and child if we can not determine a familial or custodial relationship exists".
"What's missing is a conductor".
According to ProPublica, the clip was obtained from prominent civil rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury who was given the audio by an unidentified individual who recorded the children in a detention centre.
The White House continued to insist Monday that Democrats are to blame for the administration/s forced separation of migrant children from their families at the southern US border, as outrage at the policy continued to build, including among some Republicans. By law, when adults are detained and criminally prosecuted, their children can not be housed with them in jail.
Jeh Johnson, Obama's Homeland Security secretary from 2013 to the end of his presidency, said such separations occurred in rare cases, but never as a matter of policy.
Perhaps a bigger obstacle is that Republicans, now in control of Congress, have been deeply divided on immigration. Democratic and Republican members of Congress spoke out against the administration's enforcement efforts over the weekend.
In 1997, Democratic President Bill Clinton signed the Flores Settlement law that required unaccompanied minors who arrive in the United States to be released to their parents, a legal guardian or an adult relative, If no relatives are available then the relevant government agency can appoint an appropriate adult to look after the child.
Former Obama officials in recent interviews drew sharp distinctions between Trump's policy and that of his predecessors.
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Brane said that after an attorney started to ask questions, agents found the girl's aunt and reunited the two.
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Imagine getting a call from your six-year-old niece.
"I can't come up with an example of a time that a first lady's statement comes pretty close to contravening the West Wing", she told the Washington Post. "Today, by contrast, your Zero Tolerance policy has produced a tragic and unsustainable result, without taking into account each family's specific circumstances".
"You look at what's happening in Europe, you look at what's happening in other places, we can't allow that to happen to the United States".
"She says 'I promise I will be really good".
"This is nothing short of torture". This was a critical event, as the children moved from legal processing centers to administrative detention built around the controlled welfare and care of non-criminal persons.
Bush also wrote about the "trauma" these children could face. But, he writes, the number of separations was "minuscule" considering how many people were coming at the time.
Mr Trump, whose hard-line stance on immigration is a major policy of his presidency, responded sharply to critics on Monday.
The administration has fiercely defended their policy which has been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats.
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Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy is a departure from the previous precedent that placed those detained in immigration proceedings while their asylum claims were examined or deportation proceedings finalised. She said that, "Democrats and Republicans need to find a way to get together and end this".More news: Rapper XXXTentacion, 20, Shot to Death in Florida: Sheriff’s Office