Fact check: Phantom law on migrant kids


Almost 2,000 children were separated from their incarcerated parents over the past two months after the Trump administration announced a "zero tolerance" policy for prosecuting illegal immigrants has drawn condemnation from Democrats, former first ladies and religious leaders, especially after images from one detention center showed children held in chain-link-fence cages.

The practice of separating children from their parents, a result of the Trump administration's new hard-line immigration enforcement policy, has unfolded largely in the dark, separated from the public and restricted from the media.

The First Lady's explicit exhortation to "both sides", when her husband has repeatedly blamed Democrats for the fiasco, came as a surprise, as did her call for the U.S. to govern "with heart".

She says the children are believed to be between 4 and 10 years old.

"I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our global boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel", she wrote. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", Bush said on Twitter as she shared her column. Jeff Merkley (D-OR).

USA border authorities are executing the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. "Well, we have an orchestra here.What's missing is a conductor", he says in the clip.

The wife of George W Bush wrote in the Washington Post comparing the detention of kids to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. She also wrote that it seems people on either side of the aisle seem to agree that the immigration system is flawed.

"We are a better country than one that tears families apart", she said.

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The DHS document also denied housing children in "cages", opting to call them "short-term facilities" that "make use of barriers in order to separate minors of different genders and age groups".

But some said it's necessary. Trump blames Democrats falsely for the situation. You know they come in based on merit, not lottery, or snuck across border.

Melania Trump did not go as far as some of her predecessors, though, and criticise the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that has led to the separations.

Naturally, once we "catch and release" illegal immigrants, they are never seen again.

"The Democrats have to be willing to work to get this done, so we can just stop doing this". Not one! Democrats are doing everything that they can in their power to end this separation of families at the United States borders, but Republicans are not willing to do it.

Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country.

Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said Mrs Trump "hates to see children separated from their families" and believes the USA should be a country that "governs with heart".

In 1997, Democratic President Bill Clinton signed the Flores Settlement law that required unaccompanied minors who arrive in the U.S. to be released to their parents, a legal guardian or an adult relative, If no relatives are available then the relevant government agency can appoint an appropriate adult to look after the child.