Trump says criminals use children to enter US

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Mercedes Schlapp repeatedly claimed the administration's "hands are tied" despite the fact the policy was voluntarily adopted and could end with a single phone call from President Donald Trump.

"We will be seeing as we have been seeing there's going to be a shift in that they still may be children, but they were probably accompanied by their parents when they were first entering the USA", said Luis Aranga of Catholic Charities.

"Look what happened in Europe and other places. Not on my watch".

"Separating families is not mandated by law at all - that is an outright lie", Clinton said during remarks at an event in NY.

The emotional policy of separating children from their parents is also starting to divide Republicans and their allies as Democrats turn up the pressure.

"Ms Grisham went on to say that "[Melania] believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart", a line which supports the president's recent policy decision to criminally prosecute all adults attempting to cross illegally into the U.S. over the southern border.

It is the Trump administration's decision this year to prosecute all unlawful immigrants as criminals that has forced the breakup of families; the children are removed when the parents are taken into federal custody.

"This is all the Democrats' doing", he said, saying that the media's message that the Trump administration created the problem is false.

Almost 2,000 children were taken away from their parents in a six-week period ending last month under the new Trump administration policy.

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"We saw the fear in the eyes of these children who are wondering when they will see their parent ever again".

Both House proposals face broad opposition from Democrats, and even if a bill does pass, the closely divided Senate seems unlikely to go along.

Trump's tweet about Germany referred to a political dispute over immigration that is threatening German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush also criticised what's going on in a newspaper article.

"But this zero-tolerance policy is cruel".

In this same vein, 67 percent of those polled believe illegal immigrants now residing in the country should be allowed to stay and eventually apply for citizenship while 19 percent say they should be forced to leave.

Senator Susan Collins of ME said she supports tighter border security. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", Bush wrote. Sessions openly admitted when announcing the policy that children would be ripped away from their parents. She says, 'I promise I'll behave, but please get me out of here. The driver and one passenger were believed to be U.S. citizens.

Administration officials have defended the tactic as necessary to secure the border and suggested it would act as a deterrent to illegal immigration - which Trump has long made a key goal of his presidency.