Melania Trump ‘Hates to See Children Separated’ at Border, Spox Says

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Border crossers being taken into custody in Texas Credit Getty

We want you to imagine for a moment what this might be like for a child: to flee the place you have called your home because it is not safe to say and then embark on a risky journey to an unknown destination, only to be ripped apart from your sole sense of security with no understanding of what just happened to you or if you will ever see your family again.

U.S. first lady Melania Trump has called for an end to the policy of separating parents and children illegally entering the country from Mexico.

On Twitter, Trump addressed what he specifically wants in new legislation including "full funding for the Wall;" an end to a diversity visa lottery and certain categories of family-based migration; and a shift toward "merit based immigration" for skilled workers.

Critics of USA government policy which separates children their parents when they cross the border illegally from Mexico protest during a "Families Belong Together March", in downtown Los Angeles on June 14.

"Trump claims Democrats are to blame for families' being broken up", said one of the Democrats, Bill Pascrell jnr. "You need 60 votes".

The Trump administration has faced waves of criticism as of late after the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that almost 2,000 children were separated from their parents between April 19 and May 31 of this year.

In a tweet on Saturday he urged Democrats to work with Republicans to create new laws.

One Trump administration official told The Washington Post that the harsh separation practices were meant to force Democrats to negotiate immigration laws more in line with the White House's demands.

McCaul, R-Texas, said both bills satisfy Trump's main objectives. In return, Trump offered a path to citizenship for roughly 1.8 million "DREAMers" who came illegally to the United States children.

The politics of the debate have grown more heated since the Administration adopted a "zero tolerance" approach. "The Democrats can come to us as they actually are in all fairness, we are talking to them, and they can change the whole border security". Signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008, the legislation ensures that unaccompanied children who arrive at the US-Mexico border are "exempt from prompt return to their home country", unless those countries are Canada or Mexico.

"Compromising on the rule of law to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants is the wrong path to take", she said of the House plan.

Democrats have countered that no law requires the government to separate children from their parents.

"Our policies are discouraging people from making children endure that treacherous journey", Sessions said.

The International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian aid group, said: "A policy of willing cruelty to those people, and using young sons and daughters as pawns, shatters America's strong foundation of humanitarian sensibility and family values".

"Ripping children out of their parents' arms to inflict harm on the child to influence the parents", he added, "is unacceptable". Since children can not be jailed in federal prisons, they're placed in shelters that have long existed for unaccompanied immigrant children arriving on the border alone. On a Texas border bridge, parents and children have been sleeping in sweltering heat for several days awaiting their turn.

"If they aren't going to cooperate, we are going to look to utilize the laws as hard as we can", said a second White House official.

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