'Nobody likes' separating kids from parents at the border, Conway says

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Jeff Flake of Arizona sent a letter to Homeland Security requesting additional information about the separation of children at the border, citing cases of children being separated from their parents who sought asylum at ports of entry.

"What the administration has chose to do is to separate children from their parents to try to send a message that if you cross the border with children your children are going to be ripped away from you". "That is traumatizing to children who are innocent victims". The goal of the policy is to prosecute as many people as possible for illegally entering the USA, even if it means separating parents from their children. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart", Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director, said in a statement to The Hill.

House Republicans plan to vote next week on a pair of immigration bills, including one that would end the controversial practice of separating children from their mothers and fathers.

"The president fully supports both the Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill", according to White House spokesman Raj Shah.

To Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the administration is "using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build our wall". "I think it's incumbent upon our elected officials to monitor this and I feel confident that once people see it and see how people are being held in virtual cages, that will stop this immoral practice".

Children would be separated from their parents if the families had been apprehended entering the country illegally, John Kelly, then the Homeland Security Secretary, said in March 2017, "in order to deter more movement along this terribly unsafe network".

The administration says the changes are necessary to deter immigrants from coming here illegally. "I really try to look at the policy issues".

In an election year in which Democrats appear to have an advantage on voter enthusiasm, Republicans can ill afford to alienate any voters this fall, particularly their most passionate supporters.

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President Trump insists that the separation policy is the result of a Democratic Party law, but that's not true. "In terms of declining prosecution, we're not going to get into specifics".

"The side effect of zero tolerance is that fewer people will come up illegally, and fewer minors would be put in danger", said a third senior administration official.

Federal data show almost 2,000 children have been separated from their families between April 19 and May 31, according to the Associated Press.

But while Trump has been calling for Democrats to come to the negotiating table, he has kept up his fiery rhetoric on MS-13 - the gang started by Central American immigrants in the 1980s and known for its particularly brutal crimes and motto: "Kill, rape, control".

The situation now is "inhumane" and "un-American", he said.

The officials on the call said the stricter standards would also apply to the initial screening process to determine whether immigrants crossing the border have a "credible fear" of returning to their home countries.

Kellyanne Conway told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that "nobody likes" pulling apart families.

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