Trump’s Big Immigration Meeting With House Republicans Fixed Yesterday’s Problems, Not Today’s

Melania Trump ‘hates’ separating migrant kids from parents

Melania Trump ‘hates’ separating migrant kids from parents

WASHINGTON ― Conservative groups that promote themselves as "pro-life" and "pro-family" are quietly supporting the Trump administration policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border, or refusing to weigh in at all.

More than 1100 people were inside the large, dark facility, which is divided into separate wings for unaccompanied children, adults on their own, and mothers and fathers with children.

Numerous Republican and Democratic lawmakers have called for Trump to abandon the border policy as indefensible.

In the past, some migrants entering illegally were caught and then released. This has meant the breakup of families, with children held in hastily arranged detention facilities while their parents are hauled off to jail.

Earlier in the day, Trump further complicated the process when he seemed to say he would still make changes to the House legislation during a speech at the National Federation for Independent Businesses.

An audio recording released by transparency group ProPublica purports to feature Central American children separated from their parents sobbing and wailing.

At yesterday's press briefing (that Sarah Huckabee Sanders was too chickenshit to attend), Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen unsuccessfully tried to defend the policy and actually called the kids "alien children".

The audio of the 10 children is just a tiny percentage of what is happening at the U.S. border. John McCain, R-Ariz., tweeted, "The administration's current family separation policy is an affront to the decency of the American people and contrary to principles and values upon which our nation was founded".

House Republican Mario Diaz-Balart said the priority of ending the separations has been slotted into a compromise bill now under consideration and favored by GOP moderates. He is focussed on winning congressional funding for a wall he has long wanted to build along America's southern border with Mexico, a plan resisted by Democrats. Under the Obama administration, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation.

But US attorney general Jeff Sessions told Fox News comparisons with Nazi Germany were a "real exaggeration" because the Nazis were "keeping Jews from leaving the country".

"Obviously nobody wants to separate parents from children, because it's cruel. They need to remember that we face voters this fall, not Trump", said one senior Republican in the House.

"I can go home with my auntie, at least", the girl said, proudly explaining that she memorised it.

"If you don't have borders, you don't have a country!" he argued. "And it's an effort to extort a bill to their liking in the Congress".

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Trump "endorsed both House immigration bills" during the meeting, adding that they "solve the border crisis and family separation issue by allowing for family detention and removal".

"Tragically, millions of children are negatively impacted and separated from their parents on a daily basis by the epidemic of divorce, abuse, alcoholism and other matters that plague the family", Daly said in a statement.

Despite the meeting with the president, some members remained wary of supporting any immigration bill following a chaotic week during which Trump appeared to switch his position on immigration several times. Whether either one can reach his desk, however, is an open question.

Still, the President does have close allies who loudly agree with his policies - and undoubtedly many more supporters quietly agreeing in front of their televisions. They are demanding that the administration act to keep migrant families together.

Some moderate Republicans have also called on Mr Trump to stop the separations.

The president was to visit Capitol Hill this afternoon to discuss the crisis with House Republicans.

"Democrats are the problem".

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