In an extraordinary intervention on the key issue of immigration, First Lady Melania Trump has released a statement that many commentators are seeing as an implicit criticism of her husband's policy on the separation of migrant children from their parents.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended President Donald Trump's border policies on Monday night, offering an...interesting rebuttal to critics who compared the administration's immigration practices to Nazi Germany. "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", the president said in another tweet.
A second Republican lawmaker involved in defending the party's majority this fall said he was frustrated with the lack of guidance coming from the White House. "But when we ignore our laws at the border we obviously encourage hundreds of thousands of people a year to likewise ignore our laws and illegally enter our country, creating an enormous burden on our law enforcement, our schools, our hospitals, and social programs". There are no laws that require children to be separated from their parents, or that call for criminal prosecutions of all undocumented border crossers.
And the administration cites the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act, which makes a first illegal entry into the USA a misdemeanor. "Unfortunately, our borders lack the infrastructure to support all of the individuals and families seeking asylum in the United States".
"I visited Thailand and witnessed firsthand the trauma of parents and children separated by circumstances beyond their control".
Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller: "It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period". The House is expected to vote on a GOP immigration measure later this week and a GOP aide said language curbing family separation will be added to the bill.
Kirstjen Nielsen told a police conference in Louisiana the young people are being well taken care of in United States detention centres.
"For someone saying these children aren't hostages, it's tough to call them guests", said a top aide to Senate Republicans who was briefed on the President's demands.
In an earlier tweet, he said "Democrats should get together with their Republican counterparts and work something out on Border Security & Safety". It would also make it more hard for immigrants to claim asylum, and, if a child does not have a "legitimate asylum claim", arrange for "the safe and expeditious return" to the child's home country. She says, 'I promise I'll behave, but please get me out of here. Jesus said, "Suffer the little children unto me".
Mr. Trump said the answer is for Congress to give him a third option: the ability to hold families in detention as a unit.
"She says 'I promise I will be really good. She's a child. How can they treat her this way?"