Under the Trump administration, undocumented immigrants are being aggressively prosecuted for crossing the U.S. -Mexico border illegally.
The first lady said she "hates to see children separated from their families" and that she hoped Republicans and Democrats could "come together to achieve successful immigration reform", in a statement her spokesperson made to CNN.
The Trump administration, which has called it "horrible" that illegal-immigrant children are sometimes separated from their parents when their parents enter criminal proceedings, has been criticized in recent weeks for increasing the prosecutions of illegal immigrants under a "zero-tolerance" policy that critics say leads to those separations.
President Donald Trump on Saturday repeated his false assertion that Democrats were responsible for his administration's policy of separating migrant families apprehended at the border, sticking to a weekslong refusal to publicly accept responsibility for a widely condemned practice that has become a symbol of his crackdown on illegal immigration.
The politicians said they had authorization from detainee attorneys to visit five asylum seekers who had been separated from their children, but were kept from entering the facility for almost two hours as employees and police denied them entry. "I will tell you that nobody likes this policy", she said, making it sound like the White House didn't have a choice on the matter.
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. "So if they don't like that law, they should change it", she added.
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Almost 2,000 immigrant children were separated from their parents during six weeks in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
"What we saw here today was heartbreaking", Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. of New Jersey said after he emerged from the ICE facility in his state.
Giuliani said the issue could be resolved if Congress passed a comprehensive immigration bill. More from the AP: "Trump's repeated, but nonspecific references to a Democratic law appear to involve one enacted in 2008".
The president has accused Democrats of promulgating "laws" that have caused family separation at the border - though there are no laws mandating that children be taken away from any adult arriving at the border.
In the USA asylum seekers have watched helplessly as their children have been taken away from them under Donald Trump's new zero tolerance immigration policy.
Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg, legal director of the immigrant advocacy program at the Legal Aid Justice Centre in Virginia, said he's never worked with immigrants who said US policies influenced their decision to move. In each case, they said they were there to protest the zero-tolerance policy. "I'll go tell him".
President Donald Trump will meet House Republicans on Wednesday NZT to discuss the issue. The administration pushed back, arguing that it was just enforcing the law. He said the group was planning to introduce legislation in Congress next week that would stop families from being separated. Photos and stories of infants and young children being ripped from their parents' arms has ignited a firestorm of criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike.