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Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

All five living first ladies condemn United States separation policy

All five living first ladies condemn United States separation policy

First lady Melania Trump issued a subtle rebuke to her husband's administration on Sunday, saying she "hates" seeing children separated from their families by immigration authorities.

USA border authorities are executing the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants.

Alan Dershowitz, the famed Harvard Law School professor emeritus, called on President Donald Trump to end the policy separating children from their parents who enter the us illegally.

Mrs. Trump didn't refer specifically to the Trump administration's "no tolerance" policy, which was leading to a spike in children being separated from their families. Former first lady Laura Bush has called the separation policy "cruel" and "immoral" while GOP Sen.

Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said Mrs Trump "hates to see children separated from their families" and believes the United States should be a country that "governs with heart". Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen targeted those groups by name in a series of tweets on Sunday night.

In May, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" policy in which all those apprehended entering the United States illegally, including those seeking asylum, would be criminally charged, which generally leads to children being separated from their parents.

Breaking with President Donald Trump's administration, Gov.

Trump ratcheted up his position Monday, a day before he is set to go to Congress to push for a tougher immigration law.

Trump could end the separation of children and parents at any moment. "You see what's going on with child separation", he said, noting the weekend's news cycle.

Detainees in the U.S. who are charged with criminal wrongdoing have always been separated from their children; by treating all adult border crossers as criminals, Trump's administration has therefore crafted a policy that leads families to be separated at the border.

Bush compared the Trump Administration's policy to the internment of the Japanese during World War II.

Democrats and some in Mr Trump's own Republican Party have admonished the administration for dividing almost 2,000 children from their parents between mid-April and the end of May. "We are enforcing the laws passed by Congress", she said in an appearance before the National Sheriffs' Association in New Orleans.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers upped the ante Sunday on the thorny issue of the separation of migrant children from their parents at the USA border, as First Lady Melania Trump made a rare political plea to end the deeply controversial practice.

For now, Trump appears to be resolving the tension by falsely blaming Democrats for the family separation policy and arguing that they could end it by agreeing to a comprehensive immigration bill.

Democrats have accused Mr Trump of effectively turning the children into political hostages to secure stricter immigration measures, such as funding for a US-Mexico border wall.

"I heard Alan Dershowitz say you could send them back together as a family unit". So, I implore you to stop it now. "The Democrats have to change their law - that's their law". A DHS spokesman disclosed the figures during a phone call meant to defend the administration's decision to charge all adults crossing the USA border illegally with federal crimes. We need a wall.

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