USA will not be a migrant camp: Trump on family separation row

The Obamas are speaking out against Donald Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy where children are being separated from their parents at detention facilities

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently directed border and immigration authorities to implement a zero-tolerance policy for prosecuting individuals who enter the US illegally.

Melania Trump has waded into the row over a controversial White House clampdown on immigration that has seen thousands of children separated from their families at the USA border.

US first lady Michelle Obama, right, and former USA first lady Laura Bush laugh as they participate in an African First Ladies Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July 2, 2013.

In 2005, President George W. Bush's administration introduced Operation Streamline at the border crossing in the Texas city of Del Rio.

"It so challenges the conscience of our country that it must be changed and must be changed immediately", she said during a news conference at a San Diego terminal that is connected to the airport in Tijuana, Mexico by a bridge. Previous administrations looked at the same law, though, and decided not to separate families.

He has consistently blamed Democrats for the impasse, even though his fellow Republicans control both chambers in Congress. Democrats have accused the president of using children as hostages in the political dispute over immigration.

"I say it's very strongly the Democrats' fault", Trump said. He said the president "should be immediately fixing this problem". "This, I think, is a flawless example, of why our borders need to be secured", Boyd said.

He doubled down on that claim on Monday in a series of tweets, and again in remarks before a meeting of the National Space Council.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced late Monday that he was introducing emergency legislation meant to keep immigrant families together. Republican Sen. John Kennedy called the situation a "hot mess".

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"Why don't the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world's worst immigration laws?"

More than 2,000 children have been removed from their families since the new approach was introduced six weeks ago. There have been hundreds of those cases so far this year, Homeland Security says.

Republican Senator Pat Roberts tweeted: "While I firmly support enforcing our immigration laws, I am against using parental separation as a deterrent to illegal immigration". That policy says that any adult who enters the USA illegally is to be prosecuted criminally. "If you cross the border with children, your children are going to be ripped away from you".

It's likely that many of them have already been reunited with their parents, who served a few days in jail, but exact numbers are elusive.

Mrs. Bush compared today's policy of separating families to our treatment of Japanese Americans during World War Two.

Growing attention to an immigration policy that is splitting children from parents after their arrests at the border have people wondering what the actual law is. Here's what Secretary Nielsen told NPR's John Burnett when he interviewed her on May 10 and asked about family separation.

Mr Trump, whose hard-line stance on immigration is a major policy of his presidency, responded sharply to critics on Monday.

"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility", President Donald Trump declared on Monday.

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