Melania Trump: US should 'govern with heart' on immigration

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 18, 2018

In a statement to CNN's Kate Bennett, Trump made her first public comments about the Justice Department's new "zero tolerance" policy towards illegal border-crossing, which has resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents and placed in juvenile detention centers. And Kirstjen Nielsen, the Secretary of Homeland Security, took to Twitter in an attempt to clarify the policy.

US protocol does not allow children to be detained with their parents because they, unlike their moms and dads, aren't charged with a crime.

The McAllen delegation was led by Senators Jeff Merkley of OR and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.

He will meet with Republican colleagues on Tuesday to discuss both bills, which the White House has said he would be willing to sign. Previous administrations made exceptions to such prosecutions for adults traveling with minor children, but the Trump administration has said it will not do so.

It was Bush, who had firsthand experience with the border as governor of Texas and ran for president as a "compassionate conservative", who initiated the zero-tolerance approach for illegal immigration on which Trump's policy is modelled.

Bannon also predicted that Republicans would lose seats in the November elections if they passed a compromise bill that would allow a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the children.

The crackdown expanded in April, when the administration announced a "zero tolerance" policy on the border to prosecute immigrants for entering the country illegally in the hopes they could be quickly deported and that the swift deportations would prevent more people from coming.

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security said almost 2,000 children were separated from their families and put into shelters between April 19 and May 31. Trump said in a morning post on Twitter.

She called on Congress to simultaneously address Trump's border wall and the fate of the young immigrants left in limbo after the president rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Though the policy has been enacted and touted by his own Administration, Trump has avoided publicly owning it and, instead, blamed Democrats for "forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their terrible and cruel legislative agenda". "Go for it! WIN!"

"Hurting kids to get legislative leverage is unacceptable, it is evil".

Other Trump allies are unapologetic. "I think there are a lot of, a lot of civil rights leaders that would adamantly disagree with you on that", Karl said.

United States religious leaders have castigated the policy. By registering outrage over what the department is doing to immigrant families, you will let the department know that these anti-family and anti-immigrant practices are not what the about.

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".

No Republicans have expressed their support for the bill.

O'Rourke said Sunday he's working with colleagues to introduce a bill this week in the House. On a Texas border bridge, parents and children have been sleeping in sweltering heat for several days awaiting their turn.

We recognize that returning to the policy of two months back creates some perverse incentives: Bring kids along, and you'll just be deported if you're caught.

"They call is zero tolerance", Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley said.

But in a statement from White House spokesman Raj Shah, he explained that Trump was referring to a proposal backed by Democrats that would offer a DACA fix without substantial border security funding. We need border security.

Van Hollen's participation is notable as he's in charge of Senate Democrats' midterm campaign committee.

Many Democrats have shied away from overly politicizing the situation at the border. A quotation from former president Barack Obama is written on a wall in the Casa Padre centre in Brownsville, Texas. Bannon said something similar to the BBC at the end of May.

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