Migrant families split apart at border

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Richard Tofel, ProPublica's president, said the decision to post the recording and accompanying story reflected a focus on providing a fuller accounting of what's happening in facilities that are closed to public view.

The revised bill would also give Department of Homeland Security the authority to use $7 billion in border technology funding to pay for family detention centres, the person said.

"I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our worldwide boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel", she wrote.

Even Trump's own wife Melania, who herself is an immigrant, seemed to suggest that she was in opposition to her husband's policy on immigrants families.

It was a defiant stance amid growing outrage at the family separations.

In the past, some migrants entering illegally were caught and then released.

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"When adults, with or without children, unlawfully enter this country, there must be a effect for breaking our laws", DHS officials said. "Rather, its implementation and its execution are taking place exclusively at your direction, and the unfolding tragedy falls squarely on your shoulders".

About 2,000 children have been separated from their parents or guardians over six weeks, according to United States authorities, since the Trump administration announced that all migrants illegally crossing the Mexican border would be arrested, regardless of whether the adults were seeking asylum.

Chris Sosa is the Senior Editor at AlterNet.

The family separations and detentions of children at the southern USA border, highlighted by the videos of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of wailing children, have sparked an outcry at home and strong condemnation overseas.

Under the policy, adults who try to cross into the US illegally, many of whom plan to seek asylum, are placed in custody and undergo criminal prosecution. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", Bush said on Twitter as she shared her column. "We need borders, we need security, we need safety", Mr. Trump said.

And as for the criticism from Laura Bush, Sanders said that while "we share the concern" Bush voiced about children, Sanders pointed blame back at the Bush administration, saying, "Frankly, this law was actually signed into effect in 2008 under her husband's leadership".

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"The time is now for the White House to end the cruel, tragic separations of families", said Sen.

Immigration advocates and Democrats say the administration has made it exceedingly hard to claim asylum at official ports of entry.

But Trump has defended his policy by tweeting: "If you don't have Borders, you don't have a Country!". It demonstrates Donald Trump's willingness to wield his power in the most brutal and intrusive ways and to dehumanise the victims, fostering the "us and them" culture in which he thrives.

A chorus of critics - rights groups, Christian evangelicals, former US first ladies and some within the president's own Republican party - are demanding an immediate end to the family separations.

The House is expected to vote on a GOP immigration measure later this week and a GOP aide said language curbing family separation will be added to the bill.

Business Roundtable urges the Administration to end immediately the policy of separating accompanied minors from their parents.

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"We are a better country than one that tears families apart", she said. Children had been separated from their parents in the months before the April announcement as well, albeit in a less systematic way.