Hillary joins first ladies' push against Trump's immigration policy

Hillary joins first ladies' push against Trump's immigration policy

Darren Sullivan
June 19, 2018

President Trump on Monday continued to blame congressional Democrats for his own administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has resulted in the separation of children from parents who illegally crossed the border into the U.S.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers upped the ante Sunday on the thorny issue of the separation of migrant children from their parents at the U.S. border, as First Lady Melania Trump made a rare political plea to end the deeply controversial practice.

The family separations, documented by online videos of youngsters detained in cages, put Trump back at the center of a furor over immigration, an issue he inflamed as a presidential candidate and that he has carried into his administration.

Former first lady Laura Bush - Jeb Bush's sister-in-law - penned an op-ed in The Washington Post that was highly critical of the current Republican administration. "It is immoral and it breaks my heart".

Former first lady Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, said Monday the situation at the southern US border is "a moral and humanitarian crisis", and what is happening to families there is "horrific".

"There is an important conversation occurring in this country about whether we want to be a country with laws or whether we want to be a country without borders", Sessions said, turning to the controversy consuming the public discourse toward the end of his 30-minute speech.

Nielsen described a crisis on the southwest USA border, where she said illegal crossings exceed 50,000 people a month - "multiples over each month past year". We need borders. We need security.

This statement is not accurate; DHS can release parents or families from detention at any time.

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When White House reporters later followed up on his comment, Trump said "I'm kidding , you don't understand sarcasm". According to The Hill , it is unclear what Trump meant by "his people" and "my people".

Hours earlier, speaking at a national sheriff's confab in New Orleans, Nielsen said, "We do not have the luxury of pretending that all individuals coming to this country as a family unit are in fact a family".

Donald Trump has previously blamed a law that "Deomcrats gave us" for the detentions, but it remains unclear which law he means.

"We are a better country than one that tears families apart", she said.

Carter led a delegation to Thailand in 1979 for a firsthand look at the plight of Cambodian and Laotian refugees, recalling today the "trauma of parents and children separated by circumstances beyond their control".

Hillary Clinton, a stern opponent of President Trump, took to social media to criticise the policy, calling it a "humanitarian crisis".

"I say it's very strongly the Democrats' fault", Trump said yesterday.

"The children are not being used as a pawn", she said. "So as expected, they were traumatized and that was manifested in many behaviors", Davidson said in an interview with ABC News.

Even though the statements suggest that the matter is an issue for Congress, Democratic lawmakers and others have pointed out that no law mandates the separation of children and parents at the border.