New GOP plan: Hold kids longer at border -- but with parents

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She said Mrs. Trump hopes both sides "can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform".

Politicians and advocates flocked to the Mexican border to visit USA immigration detention centers and turn up the pressure on the Trump administration amid a growing uproar Monday over its policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.

Cue up the motto that President Harry Truman famously displayed on his Oval Office desk: "The buck stops here".

To be expected, Clinton placed blame squarely on President Donald Trump's shoulders, even invoking the Bible to slam him while claiming he is lying about the child separation issue. Like my laptop when I forget to recharge its battery, the Dems have no power.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't directly defend Sessions' quoting of the Bible, but suggested it's religiously prudent to enforce the law. Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very risky trip, and only 2000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our Country illegally on numerous occasions.

Speaking at the small business event in Washington, the President said the separation policy is "a result of Democrat supported loopholes in our federal laws" that he said could be easily changed.

No, it's not, and repeating that falsehood incessantly will not make it true. All four former living USA first ladies - Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Rosalynn Carter - have condemned the separation of children from their parents.

The agency further noted that it only refers to the Department of Justice "those adults who violate the law by crossing the border illegally and are amenable for prosecution".

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Under presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, such immigrants were released, often with an electronic ankle bracelet, while they waited for a hearing with an immigration judge. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, reversed a decision to send a National Guard helicopter from his state to the Mexican border to assist in a deployment, citing the administration's "cruel and inhumane" policy.

Trump boldly promised on the campaign trail that he would get rid of catch and release.

Mr Sessions was adamant the detained kids "are not being abused" and that the Department of Health and Human Services "holds them in good conditions, they work hard at it".

They were all reacting to President Donald Trump's moves to separate members of families that cross United States borders illegally. She told ProPublica the person who made the recording was a client of hers who asked to remain anonymous because that person feared retribution.

After criticizing America's immigration laws as a "monstrosity" for a little while longer, Trump eventually turned his ire towards Mexico, grumbling that "they do nothing for us" to resolve the Latin American migration issue.

Senate Democrats have rallied behind an immigration bill from Sen. But after signaling Monday that it would oppose any fix aimed exclusively at addressing that issue, the White House said Tuesday it was reviewing the emergency legislation being introduced by Cruz to keep migrant families together.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte R-Va., chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is reworking the family separation provision in the compromise bill, a GOP aide said Tuesday.