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Melania Trump Skips Father's Day, Talks Immigrant Families

20 June 2018

The number of separations has jumped since early May, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that all migrants illegally crossing the United States border with Mexico would be arrested, regardless of whether the adults were seeking asylum.

"Look, I hope that we don't have to separate any more children from any more adults", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last week.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

When pressed on why the Trump administration has chosen to interpret the law differently than both the Bush and Obama administrations when it comes to migrant families, Nielsen continued to argue that it is up to Congress to act.

The American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy organizations say that's not true.

As per the Voice of America, the migrant children are labelled as "unaccompanied minors" and sent to the government's custody or foster care, while their parents are labelled "criminals" and sent to jail. Almost 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and guardians and placed into holding facilities between April 19 and May 31.

At least 2,000 migrant children have been separated from their parents since April, when the Trump administration announced its "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

The processing center in McAllen has resorted to virtual processing due to the influx of detainees since the policy was announced, said John Lopez, acting deputy patrol agent in charge.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME said she favors tighter border security, but expressed deep concerns about the child separation policy. The first lady's comments are consistent with the president, who says that the current situation on the border can be remedied with immigration reform.

It has always been a misdemeanor federal offense to be caught illegally entering the country, punishable by up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Normally, the two of them avoid getting involved into political debates, but the open criticism on the immigration policies from the two ladies has shown their concern for the children, who are getting traumatized at the border.

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Immigration on the southwest border has remained high since the zero-tolerance policies took effect. What's happening is so sad.

Most are taken to facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement. "Imagine not being able to pick up a child who is not yet out of diapers".

"As a father, grandfather, and Christian, I am wholeheartedly opposed to any policy that allows innocent children to be separated from their parents as they enter our country", Manchin said in a statement.

Now there are a total of more than 11,700 children in the office's custody, according to officials.

Instead, he suggested, Democrats were willing to shut down the government to try to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the initiative spearheaded by President Barack Obama to give temporary protection to undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. Officials have categorically denied such accusations, characterizing them as misleading reports from advocacy groups and media outlets. Don't believe the press.

But White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Monday that any crisis belongs to Democrats because they are the ones who rejected Trump's initial immigration plan.

Officials are giving immigrant parents a toll-free number to call to help find their kids.

Sanders said Trump does not want a "Band-Aid" approach.

Warning of "perilous times with no shortage of problems", former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blasted the Trump administration's policy of forced family separation during a New York City speech on Monday.

Speaking at the same conference, Mr Sessions called on Congress to pass Mr Trump's immigration legislation if it wanted to end the separations. "We have the worst immigration laws in the entire world".

Melania Trump Skips Father's Day, Talks Immigrant Families