Five first ladies speak out on family separations at border


Trump's administration is facing strong criticism from rights activists, Democrats and some in his own Republican Party for separating children from their parents at the U.S.

He expanded the powers of the Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to focus on detaining most undocumented immigrants, including those with no criminal record. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said in a statement.

This combination photo shows, from left, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Melania Trump, Rosalynn Carter and Laura Bush, who have independently expressed their concern about migrant children being torn from parents at the Mexico border.

At the federal courthouse in McAllen on Monday, some among the estimated 80 immigrants preparing to plead guilty on immigration charges asked the judge questions such as, "What's going to happen to my daughter?" and "What will happen to my son?"

Almost 2,000 children have already been removed from their families as a result of the administration's policy, and hundreds more are being pried away each week.

Lobby Congress to change the law so the Trump administration can not separate undocumented children from their families. But after signalling Monday that it would oppose any fix aimed exclusively at addressing the plight of children separated from their parents under the crackdown, the White House said Tuesday that it is reviewing emergency legislation being introduced by Sen.

Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico said the location was a former hospital converted into living quarters for children, with rooms divided by age group.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders finally introduced Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen by late evening, and she defended the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy that is breaking up families at the southwestern USA border.

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In Texas' Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for people trying to enter the U.S., Border Patrol officials argue that they have to crack down on migrants and separate adults from children as a deterrent to others trying to get into the U.S. illegally.

GOP senators including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME also said they've been discussing family separation legislation.

"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility", he declared. He said he did not know how much the proposal would cost.

The administration, meanwhile, is hoping to force Democrats to vote for the bills or bear some of the political cost in November's midterm elections. Democrats brushed aside that pressure. Vargas, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other US lawmakers hoped to meet with men, women and children detained at the worldwide boundary.

President Trump: "It is the Democrats' fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder Security and Crime". Bush also compared the current administration's warehousing of immigrants in detention facilities to the internment camps in the USA during World War II.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered the Department for Homeland Security to refer all cases of illegal entry immediately for prosecution, where those convicted can face up to six months in jail-longer for repeat offenders.

"I reached out to Sen. They can not be reduced to media soundbites", she said in another tweet.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "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 the objective of order".