All 5 first ladies speak out against family-separation immigration policy

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Democrats say the crisis is of Trump's own making, and accuse him of using children as pawns. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration.

The U.S. has tried for years to address the influx of families crossing the border.

Later in her speech, Clinton hit back at the Trump administration's claim that its immigration policies are rooted in the Christian faith.

The agency further noted that it only refers to the Department of Justice "those adults who violate the law by crossing the border illegally and are amenable for prosecution".

Politicians and advocates flocked to the border to visit immigration detention centers and turn up the pressure on the administration.

Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen toured facilities in southern Texas where these children are being held, and said the enforcement of the policy is not working.

The major change being unveiled Tuesday would loosen rules that now limit the amount of time minors can be held to 20 days, according to a GOP source familiar with the measure.

Speaking at the small business event in Washington, the President said the separation policy is "a result of Democrat supported loopholes in our federal laws" that he said could be easily changed.

A delegation to McAllen, Texas, was led by senators Jeff Merkley of OR and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. "It doesn't matter whether the floor is swept and the bedsheets tucked in tight".

In the six weeks since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the zero tolerance policy, almost 2,000 minors have been separated from their families.

The policy is starting to divide Republicans and their allies.

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Mrs. Bush made some of the strongest comments yet about the policy from the Republican side of the aisle. Many are placed in foster care or in factory-style shelters where they wait to be reunited with family members who live in the United States.

The "zero tolerance" policy, which was introduced six weeks ago, has been slammed by critics including Mr Trump's wife, Slovenian-born first lady Melania Trump, who demanded he "govern with heart" in a rare mediation.

"It was the hardest moment in my life", she said.

The Republican calls for a policy rethink follow the release of an audio recording appearing to capture the desperation and suffering of young migrant children separated from their mothers and fathers at the United States border.

The Trump administration insists the family separations are required under the law. "We've got to stop separation of the families, but politically correct or not, we have a country that needs security, that needs safety, that has to be protected". They say any process should first seek to protect those interests.

Harris, asked whether he backed the separations, responded with a statement.

Officials said Tuesday that 2,342 minors were separated from their parents who were caught trying to come to the United States illegally from May 5 to June 9.

"Every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged", Clinton said.

The call she received from her niece rendered her powerless, she told ProPublica.

Throughout the roughly 7-minute audio, a child identified as Alison is heard saying the phone number of her aunt and asking the agents if they can call her.

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