An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a USA immigration facility has stoked the outrage over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.
And one of Trump's top allies in Congress said he would introduce stand-alone legislation to stop the family separations - in case a pair of House Republicans' broader immigration bills fail this week.
Since the announcement of President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" approach over immigration began earlier this year, almost 2,000 children were separated from their parents at the border. "For those seeking asylum at ports of entry, we have continued the policy from previous Administrations and will only separate if the child is in danger, there is no custodial relationship between "family" members, or if the adult has broken a law", she explained.
The House is set to vote later in the week on two immigration bills, including provisions that would curb the separation of children from their parents at the border.
Almost 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May.
Mrs. Trump "believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart", Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Trump, said Sunday. The president said that instead of more judges, he wants more border security. When asked what he was doing to help the children in detention centers, he responded, "I appreciate you're critical of the leadership in this country, but where in the hell is the leadership in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador?"
The administration wants to send a message, said a Republican critic of the policy, "that if you cross the border with children, your children are going to be ripped away from you".
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The President also continued to blame the opposition, asking, "Why don't the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world's worst immigration laws?" On Tuesday, he said Democrats are the problem.
President Donald Trump is meeting Republican lawmakers later to discuss a bill that proposes to end the policy.
Migrant children are not permitted to be incarcerated with their parents, and are kept in separate facilities maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Over the weekend, protesters rallied against the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration crackdown, accusing White House and United States immigration officials of cruelty. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration.
Heartbreaking cries of youngsters calling for their parents in tears can be heard on the tape, reportedly released by a whistleblower at one of the border camps. She said immigrants will continue to seek asylum unless their home countries see major change.
It is unprecedented for former First Lady to criticize the policies of a current president. "And it can be taken care of quickly, beautifully", he said. "And they could be murderers and thieves and so much else", he said.
"I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, 'To obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for His purposes, '" he said last week. Mr Trump has derided that practice as "catch and release", arguing that numerous immigrants never appear for court proceedings.