Melania Trump enters debate over separation of migrant families

President Trump again blames Dems for his administration’s policy of separating children from their families at border

President Trump again blames Dems for his administration’s policy of separating children from their families at border

The first lady's appeal comes during heated debate over the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their families on the border.

Melania Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said the first lady believes "we need to be a country that follows all laws", but also one "that governs with heart".

"The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders", Mrs Bush said in a column in The Washington Post.

President Trump has consistently blamed Democrats for the situation, saying their support for passage of a broader immigration bill would end the separations.

Democratic lawmakers vowed Sunday to end the "evil" separation of migrant children from their parents when they are apprehended at the U.S. border, as First Lady Melania Trump made a rare political plea to end the deeply controversial practice.

Customs and Border Protection provided the document to CNN during a walk-through of a border processing center in McAllen, Texas, near the US-Mexico border.

Separately, senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that "nobody likes" the separation of migrant children from their parents, but repeated Trump's view that the burden for changing it is on Democrats.

Donald Trump continues trying to paint his extremely controversial policy of separating immigrant children from their parents and holding them a jail-like facilities as somehow the fault of Democrats.

Mr Trump plans to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss pending immigration legislation amid an election-season debate over an issue that helped vault the NY real estate mogul into the Oval Office in 2016.

The administration separated 1,995 children from 1,940 adults from April 19 to May 31, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security said Friday.

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"Trump claims Democrats are to blame for families' being broken up", said one of the Democrats, Bill Pascrell jnr.

The House is expected to vote on Wednesday on an immigration bill pushed by conservatives that may not have enough support to pass, but there is also a compromise measure that includes key proposals supported by the president.

Melania Trump's Father's Day statement emphasises the fact that laws are always applied with discretion and that the United States can be both a law-abiding country and one that "governs with heart".

Technically, Nielsen's correct: families are separated not at the US-Mexico border, but near the border, at a sorting centre.

"Democrats are good at only three things, High Taxes, High Crime and Obstruction", Trump said, using the argument to promote Republican candidates ahead of the November midterms. "And so he went to a zero-tolerance policy", Mr Bannon said.

Stephen Bannon, who helped guide President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign to victory and then served briefly as top White House strategist, said Sunday that the president should draw a line in the sand over his proposed border wall. I mean, I hate to say it, that's the law and he's enforcing the law, ' he said.

When the family separation policy was announced last month, White House chief of staff John Kelly told NPR, "They're not bad people".

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he wants to stop the mass separation of children from their families along the border, but his bid to fix it is pathetic.

Mrs Trump has called for Republicans and Democrats to work together on the issue. US protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime while the parents are. In the meantime, Donald Trump is holding US immigration policy hostage in the hopes of funding a border wall that recent polls show nearly 70% of Americans don't want to fund with taxpayer dollars.

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