Conway says 'nobody likes' family separation policy

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In a statement issued by her office, the first lady expressed empathy for affected families, saying the country should be governed "with a heart", but did not directly take issue with President Donald Trump's policy.

"I strongly recommend that we just wait until 2019, right, to address this", he said, while defending the administration's practice of separating parents from children as an example of Mr Trump making good on a key campaign promise.

"After having to deal with local PD". "And reuniting them with their families would reaffirm America's belief in & support for all parents who love their children".

Protesters gathered outside as the lawmakers made their way into the facility, only to be greeted by detention officials who seemed to be caught off guard by the visit.

The polls were starting to suggest that Republicans might not lose big in this November's midterm elections, but they'll turn back the other way if this keeps up - and rightly so.

Frank Pallone, Rep. Albio Sires and Rep. Bill Pascrell, of New Jersey. "We are still being denied access".

The lawmakers spoke to various staff and authorities at the center, demanding to be allowed entry but were repeatedly refused with the reasoning that more senior officials at the facility needed to arrive at the facility first.

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"What we saw here today was heartbreaking".

It further says: "To pretend that separated children do not grow up with the shrapnel of this traumatic experience embedded in their minds is to disregard everything we know about child development, the brain, and trauma". More from the AP: "Trump's repeated, but nonspecific references to a Democratic law appear to involve one enacted in 2008". That is a lie. However, there is no law mandating the separation of families.

Despite initiating the policy, the president has lamented it several times, and blamed it on Democrats.

The events came as news stories highlighting the family separations intensified political pressure on the White House, even from some of President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans.

Democrats have refused to consent to the border wall or restrictions to legal immigration Trump has demanded, and instead, hope to block family separations with standalone legislation. More than the legal outcome of their cases, their advocates say, they're anxious about their children.

"Congress passed the law that it is a crime to enter this country illegally".

The immediate cause of the crisis is Team Trump's decision to start prosecuting illegal border-crossers, rather than simply deporting them.

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The government pays more than $1 billion a year to care for unaccompanied immigrant children, Sessions has said.

Reportedly, 1,995 children were separated from their guardians between 19 April and 31 May.

Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan M. Collins of ME sent a letter challenging the truthfulness of the administration and demanding answers. "That is traumatising to the children, who are innocent victims".

An anonymous White House official told The Washington Post this week that Trump is hoping to use the harsh policy as leverage to force Democrats to cave to his other immigration demands, like funding a border wall and lessening the amount of people allowed to immigrate to the USA legally.

"Nobody likes" breaking up families and "seeing babies ripped from their mothers' arms", Ms Conway said.

"If the Democrats are serious, and if a lot of Republicans are serious, they'll come together. It's all of the above", Conway said. "The Democrats have to change their law - that's their law". He said the group was planning to introduce legislation in Congress next week that would stop families from being separated.

"No nation can have the policy that whole classes of people are immune from immigration law or enforcement", he told The New York Times. Rev. Franklin Graham, who's typically a Trump ally, told Christian Broadcasting Network that it's "disgraceful, it's bad, to see families ripped apart, and I don't support that one bit".

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One thing immediately became clear to Kraft: Those who work at this shelter, which she declined to name for privacy reasons, are doing what they could to make sure the children's needs are met.