Separation of immigrant families on the border, taking the worldwide spotlight

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"The only thing worse than the nauseating cruelty of President Trump's immigration policy - captured perfectly by the agonizing stories of young children forcefully being separated from their parents at the border - is the craven dishonesty with which he attempts to sell it to the American people".

Mrs Trump "believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart", her spokeswoman said.

Almost 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Mr Sessions announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.

Donald Trump has falsely blamed Democrats for the situation, saying that he was simply enforcing a law that they had written.

"This must not be who we are as a nation", said Representative Jerrold Nadler, one of seven members of Congress from NY and New Jersey who met with five detainees inside a facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, including three who said they had young relatives removed from their care after seeking asylum at the border.

That has earned the Trump administration significant pushback from Democratic lawmakers, several of whom headed to the Texas border and detention centers inland on Sunday to draw attention to the issue and stump for bills they have filed in Congress - which have failed to earn any Republican support.

The president has said he dislikes the policy, and has attempted to lay the blame at the door of the Democrats, but in an interview with the Times, White House adviser Miller defended the policy, describing it as a "simple decision".

Democrats have refused to consent to the border wall or restrictions to legal immigration Trump has demanded, and instead, hope to block family separations with standalone legislation.

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.

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He will meet with Republican colleagues on Tuesday to discuss both bills, which the White House has said he would be willing to sign. The Department of Homeland Security said Friday that almost 2,000 children have been placed into shelters over a six-week period.

"Detention center employees have covered the window with paper to block our view", said New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell.

In contrast with his praise for Trump, Bannon, a professing Catholic, slammed Pope Francis for his approach to Europe's refugee crisis and labeled the Catholic Church "one of the worst instigators of this open borders policy".

Nielsen went on to explain that a child will only be separated from its family "if the adult has broken a law".

Representative Adam Schiff said the practice was "deeply unethical" and that Republicans' refusal to criticise Mr Trump represented a "sad degeneration" of the party, which he said had become "the party of lies". "So if they don't like that law, they should change it", Conway explains.

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. "It's a crime to come across illegally and children get separated".

"They call is zero tolerance", Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley said. He called the situation "inhumane" and "un-American".

Speaking on the CBS news show "Face the Nation", Sunday morning, the Republican also said the numbers of children who have been separated so far might exceed the almost 2,000 figure earlier reported.

"Compromising on the rule of law to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants is the wrong path to take", she said of the House plan. But an official told CBS News the president misspoke and the White House put out a statement endorsing both bills.