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Melania Trump weighs in on border separations

July 21 2018, 08:09 | Perry Erickson

Border crossers being taken into custody in Texas Credit Getty

Border crossers

President Donald Trump on Saturday repeated his false assertion that Democrats were responsible for his administration's policy of separating migrant families apprehended at the border, sticking to a weekslong refusal to publicly accept responsibility for a widely condemned practice that has become a symbol of his crackdown on illegal immigration.

Almost 2,000 children were taken from their parents at the US border with Mexico in the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security said Friday. "I don't think that's fair, and I don't think it's right". "It's a crime to come across illegally and children get separated". Civil liberties activists say the allegation is false and the Trump administration is using it as an excuse to enforce provisions that if done in any other country would have raised a stink about human rights abuses. The blame, he said, rests "on all of us, not just the Trump administration".

Her comments follow growing controversy over President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy.

Bannon also said on "This Week" that Republicans should not run on their recently-passed tax cut if they want to win in the midterms.

Though the policy has been enacted and touted by his own administration, Trump has avoided publicly owning it and, instead, blamed Democrats for "forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their awful and cruel legislative agenda".

It further says: "To pretend that separated children do not grow up with the shrapnel of this traumatic experience embedded in their minds is to disregard everything we know about child development, the brain, and trauma".

Trump had said in the interview that he wouldn't sign what was described as the "moderate" immigration bill, even though the version written by House leadership is based on his own priorities.

Customs and Border Protection provided the document to CNN during a walk-through of a border processing center in McAllen, Texas, near the US-Mexico border.

The Republican-led House of Representatives may vote next week on two immigration measures - a hard-line bill drafted by House Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte, and a compromise measure that limits legal immigration while also ending the family separations.

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"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 goal of order", he said. "It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero-tolerance policy for illegal entry, period".

Children would be separated from their parents if the families had been apprehended entering the country illegally, John Kelly, then the Homeland Security Secretary, said in March 2017, "in order to deter more movement along this terribly risky network".

Obama administration lawyers argued in federal court in Los Angeles against the separation of parents and children and in favour of keeping in family detention facilities those deemed ineligible for release.

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

In an election year in which Democrats appear to have an advantage on voter enthusiasm, Republicans can ill afford to alienate any voters this fall, particularly their most passionate supporters.

While Trump has transparent contempt for his Attorney General because he recused himself from the Russian Federation probe and put the President in jeopardy, the White House backed Sessions' invocation of religion for the immigration measures.

"It is critical that Congress fully understands how our nation's laws are being implemented on the ground, especially when the well-being of young children is at stake", they wrote.

Trump has also blamed Democrats for the migrants' continued plight, citing their refusal to accept a bill that would fully fund the border wall and end family reunification visas. I will tell you that nobody likes this policy.



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