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Melania Trump calls for end to immigrants’ family separation

20 June 2018

First Lady Melania Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham gave CNN a statement on Sunday. "In other words, if I commit a crime and I am put in jail, my four children are separated from their mother, because we don't have a policy - Why would you want the children in jail with their parents?"

Trump, however, blamed the Democrats, adding: "The Democrats have to change their law - that's their law".

Melania is not the only First Lady to condemn the policy, as former US First Lady Laura Bush criticised the policy in the Washington Post newspaper today.

The former first lady said: "This zero-tolerance policy is cruel". She singled out the zero tolerance policy as not being the answer, calling it "cruel" and "immoral".

Meanwhile, officials announced plans to erect tent cities to hold hundreds more children in the Texas desert where temperatures regularly reach 40C (105F).

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Bush then points out that the images coming out of such facilities are "eerily reminiscent" of Japanese-American internment camps during World War II, "now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in USA history".

"We are a better country than one that tears families apart, turns a blind eye to women fleeing domestic violence, and treats frightened children as a negotiating tool as a means to a political end", she said.

Children can not be jailed in federal prisons so they are placed in shelters that have long existed for unaccompanied immigrant children arriving on the border alone.

The crackdown on migrants announced by Sessions in April came after the Department of Homeland Security reported a 203 percent increase in illegal border crossings from March 2017 to March 2018, according to the memo.

Laura Bush was writing a guest column for The Washington Post on Sunday (US time) and compared the policy to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. In effect, this charge forces the government to separate children from their parents, if they are traveling together. Susan Collins expressed concern about it and a former adviser to Trump questioned using the policy to pressure Democrats on immigration legislation.

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"You have to end this policy", Dershowitz said, explaining that the U.S. Border Patrol is "imposing a trauma" on the children, who are being brought by parents seeking asylum.

The president will meet with House Republicans later this week to work on immigration bills.

The president said that he wanted to make important changes to the bill to fix the ongoing border crisis and the problem of child separation from families.

The policy is meant to deter illegal immigration. "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".

There is no law that mandates separating children from parents who cross the border illegally.

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Melania Trump calls for end to immigrants’ family separation