U.S. House draft immigration bill would keep families together: aide

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Later, he declared during remarks at a hotel that he had no choice but to remove children from their parents at the border. The move has resulted in the U.S. government sending thousands of children to holding camps around the country, images of which have sparked global outrage, even from within Trump's own party.

The act does not mandate family separations. Rosalynn Carter also weighed in, calling the policy a disgrace and that she has seen first hand the trauma of separating children from their parents.

It is unprecedented for former First Lady to criticize the policies of a current president. We could have an immigration bill, we could have child separation. But Trump reiterated the accusation on Tuesday.

"When the President saying this all on the Democrats, that it's their law, that's not right that's not true", said Sen.

The president said he is also going to seek authorization to not give USA aid to countries which "abuse us by sending their people up".

In the past, some migrants entering illegally were caught and then released. "We want a safe country". Within 14 days, those who meet the legal standards will be granted asylum, and those who do not will be immediately returned to their home countries.

"You know they're coming in, they're people that came on merit, not based on a lottery or not people that snuck across the border". "Otherwise it's never going to stop". We need borders, we need security. "Maybe it's politically correct or maybe it's not".

He's argued that, "politically correct or not, we have a country that needs security, that needs safety".

At least 2,300 of these youngsters have been separated from their parents since April, when President Donald Trump's administration launched its "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

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The statement comes amid pushback from Democratic and Republican lawmakers over a Trump administration policy that has resulted in the separation of undocumented minors from their parents at the southern border.

"Let that sink in for a second", he continued, "our government is forcibly separating children - including toddlers - from their parents and sending them to detention facilities as a means of sending a message and influencing Congress".

In an audio recording obtained by ProPublica investigative news site, which was widely circulated online and in USA media, children said to be in a detention facility could be heard crying and calling for their parents.

At the end of last week, he suggested that he would not change the policy unless Democrats agreed to his other immigration demands. "But we got a lot of work to do there".

"We can do better when we try to figure out this problem", he continues.

Trump's hardline immigration rhetoric was a central piece of his campaign rallying cries, beginning with his campaign announcement speech in June 2015. They are harder to send back. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime.

Earlier, Mr Trump said on Twitter that people should be wary of what he called the cultural change caused by migrants in Europe.

On Tuesday, he revived his assertion that some countries are not sending their "best", and threatened to withdraw USA aid.

Laura Bush said the detention centres reminded her of internment camps where Japanese-Americans were held during the Second World War. "These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in USA history".

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