Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Melania Trump weighs in on border separations

Melania Trump weighs in on border separations

In recent days, Trump has blamed the Democrats and tweeted that the party is "forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their disgusting and cruel legislative agenda".

Such a situation could have long-term, devastating effects on young children, who are likely to develop what's called toxic stress in their brain once separated from caregivers or parents they trusted.

Last week, U.S. Sen.

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who delivered a prayer at Trump's inauguration, signed a letter calling the practice "horrible". But the kind of pictures so feared by Trump's predecessors could end up defining a major domestic policy issue of his term.

Trump made his remarks in his weekly address and as House lawmakers are negotiating legislation that would limit some forms of migration, fund border security and would also grant protected status to some illegal immigrants brought to the country as children. Almost 2,000 immigrant children were separated from parents over a period of about six weeks in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security. "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the objective of order". "The thinking in the building is to force people to the table".

That's not the most jaw-dropping rationalisation the administration has offered for its policy of family separation.

"I hate the children being taken away", Trump told reporters Friday.

Family separation "is an immoral, horrific policy", added Senator Dianne Feinstein, who has introduced legislation to keep immigrant families together.

The fate of that bill is unclear, as the White House has sent mixed messages on whether Trump supports it or an alternative, more conservative immigration measure also expected to receive a vote. "They want them to be left alone", he said. I don't care where you're at, what time and what condition. "They never expected the bill to pass". "They are holding the kids hostage".

Almost 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution. President Barack Obama faced an even larger surge in border crossings that overflowed shelters and prompted the authorities to release many families.

Government officials on the call did not go into detail about where the children are being held.

"If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law", Sessions said.

Yet several key Trump administration officials support the family separation policy, including Chief of Staff John Kelly, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and senior adviser Stephen Miller, a vocal supporter of stricter immigration laws. The official tally of separations is now almost 4,000 children, not including March and the beginning of April 2018. They are fleeing violence and persecution, and he doesn't see that changing even if the government deports parents.

Others have argued that the main benefit of the policy is deterrence. The policy is leading to an increase in the number of detained immigrants being separated from their children.

The government said the changes were necessary to deter immigrants from coming to the United States illegally. Sessions, too, is wielding his own religious argument, having used a Bible passage to defend his zero-tolerance policy.

Earlier in the day, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway attempted to distance the Trump administration from the rise of migrant children separated from their parents at the Mexican border.

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

"As a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who has a conscience".

Unlike Bannon, Democratic leaders in Congress are not casting the midterm elections as a decision on impeachment.

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