Melania Trump Issues Statement On Family Separations At The Border

Larry Hoffman
June 20, 2018

"I don't have any problem whatsoever allowing children of those who are coming in illegally to stay with their parents", he said.

Trump and his aides have responded defensively to the rebukes and the President has tried to falsely blame Democrats for the issue, hoping that scorn will bring them to the table to negotiate a deal.

Despite Melania's caution about contradicting Donald in public, the immigrant children cases have definitely touched her heart and caused her to really think about her role as an immigrant.

Trump, who has made helping children the crux of her official "Be Best" platform as first lady, had yet to discuss the state of families and immigration, a topic that has been prominent in headlines for days. US border authorities are executing the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy towards undocumented immigrants. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", she wrote in the publication.

The separation of families came after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in April a new "zero-tolerance" policy on the border to prosecute immigrants for entering the country illegally.

Protesters outside the facility demanded authorities stop separating migrant children from their parents.

"These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War Two, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history", she added.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Miller's comments stray from Trump's claims that Democrats were responsible for the new policy, distancing himself from it as the administration faces criticism from both sides of the aisle.

The former First Lady spoke out about the abhorrent zero-tolerance immigration policy Sunday night with a scathing op-ed about the "cruel" and "immoral" separation of families on the US border.

"That's traumatizing to the children who are innocent victims, and it is contrary to our values in this country". Next week, Congress is set to vote on two immigration proposals - the conservative McCaul-Goodlatte bill, and a more moderate House GOP bill.

"This is a perilous journey for many of these children, and if people really cared about them we would figure out a way to get the funding to expand the centers and to close the loopholes", Conway said.

Mrs. Trump didn't refer specifically to the Trump administration's "no tolerance" policy, which was leading to a spike in children being separated from their families.

Schiff said the practice was "deeply unethical" and that Republicans' refusal to criticize Trump represented a "sad degeneration" of the GOP, which he said had become "the party of lies". Katko is leading the charge for an immigration bill in the House.

In the first two weeks of the "zero-tolerance" approach, 658 minors - including many babies and toddlers - were separated from the adults that travelled with them, according to U.S. border officials.

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