Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon said President Donald Trump doesn't need to "justify" the policy of separating children from parents who are caught illegally crossing the southern US border because the it is part of the administration's "zero tolerance" approach on illegal immigration.
Almost 4,600 mental health professionals and 90 organizations have joined a petition urging President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and several elected officials to stop the policy of separating children from their parents.
While he continues to lie by saying that Democrats are at fault, Melania Trump's Father's Day statement emphasises the fact that laws are always applied with discretion and that we can be both a law-abiding country and one that "governs with heart".
But Mr Trump's policy now charges every adult caught crossing the border illegally with federal crimes, whether they are parents or not.
The idea of such a legislative solution earned the endorsement even of President Trump's lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, who said Sunday on CBS News's "Face the Nation" that he thought Attorney General Jeff Sessions was "not giving the president the best advice" on how to handle the situation.
Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, and U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, have signed onto the Senate and House versions of "Keep Families Together Act" which would force the Trump administration to stop the separations. "This is an issue about how should you treat children".
"We saw the fear in the eyes of these children who are wondering when they will see their parent ever again". In the meantime, Donald Trump is holding USA immigration policy hostage in the hopes of funding a border wall that recent polls show nearly 70% of Americans don't want to fund with taxpayer dollars.
"This must not be who we are as a nation", Representative Jerrold Nadler said, one of seven members of congress from NY and New Jersey who met with five detainees inside the facility, including three who said they had young relatives removed from their care after seeking asylum at the border.
Realising the emotional resonance of the issue, House Republican leaders inserted a provision to block the Department of Homeland Security from separating parents and children in an immigration bill expected to be debated this week.
"Families belong together", protesters chanted on Sunday, as hundreds gathered outside detention centres in the states of Texas and New Jersey, calling for an end to the practice.
Under US rules, immigrant children travelling alone or separated from relatives can be held by authorities and the Trump administration has backed family separations, including in asylum cases, as part of efforts to deter illegal immigration.
At one point after a contentious exchange, a detention center employee taped pieces of paper to a window in front of her desk, blocking the Congress members' view.
Around 11 a.m., the lawmakers finally made their way into the facility.
Congressmen Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Frank Pallone, (D-NJ), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Albio Sires (D-NJ) stand inside of a Homeland Security facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey on June 17, 2018.
"Kids are being separated", Hurd said.
'President Trump could stop this policy with a phone call, ' he said. The man has heard his daughter was taken to MI, but he is not sure and has not spoken to her, he said.
Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. Justice. When do we want it? Ted Cruz, said outside the facility. Kennedy said. "There are many conservative voices speaking out and speaking out saying this is just pure inhumanity on behalf of Donald Trump administration to try to take out their frustration on children".