Republicans, Democrats pressure Trump to halt practice of separating migrant families

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He has said their support for passage of a broader immigration bill would end the separations. According to CBS News, it is part of a "zero tolerance" policy announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions two months ago, in which immigrants crossing into the US illegally will face criminal prosecution and are immediately taken into custody.

"The full impact of policy initiatives are not fully realized for 2-3 weeks following public messaging - however, some migrants already underway may temporarily halt to determine the effects of the new policy", the document states.

According to officials, over the past six weeks almost 2,000 families have been separated at the border crossing.

The Trump administration has separated almost 2,000 immigrant children from parents or guardians at the border in six weeks, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Bush was writing a guest column for The Washington Post Sunday and compared the policy to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

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Trump has tried to blame the practice on a law passed by Democrats that doesn't exist.

"She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart". "I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our worldwide boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel", she wrote. Former first lady Laura Bush has called the policy "cruel" and "immoral" while GOP Sen. At one point Friday, he said he would not sign the "moderate" Bill embraced by the House speaker, Paul Ryan, only to have the White House later contradict that by saying the president had been confused. And in New Jersey, a group of Democratic lawmakers visited a private immigrant detention facility in the town of Elizabeth to speak with asylum-seeking parents held there after they were separated from their children. The House is expected to vote this week on a bill pushed by conservatives that may not have enough support to pass, and a compromise measure with key proposals supported by the president. In a searing op-ed published by The Washington Post Sunday, Bush said the policy was "cruel" and "immoral" and compared it to Japanese-American internment camps in the US during World War II.

The president and his allies also have been increasingly accusing Democrats, while decrying the child separations, of not showing adequate outrage over killings and crime by undocumented immigrants.

He wrote on Twitter: Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!

Kelly, Trump's former head of Department of Homeland Security, told NPR last month the policy is one "no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long".