In April, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" policy in which all those apprehended entering the United States illegally would be criminally charged, which has led to children being separated from their parents. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Her bill would prohibit the separation of migrant children from their parents, with exceptions for findings of child abuse or trafficking.
"This balanced approach is especially critical when we are faced with persons seeking entry who may be eligible under established USA laws for the protection of asylum, as they flee persecution, horrific violence, or danger in their home countries", they said.
"We must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally. We do not want adults to bring children into this country unlawfully, placing them at risk", he said. -Mexican border, a policy aimed at deterring illegal immigration.
"The government should be in the business of keeping families together, not tearing them apart", Harris, a rising star in the Democratic Party, said in a statement.
But Democrats and some Republicans have criticized the administration for dividing almost 2,000 children from their parents between mid-April and the end of May.
All four former first ladies have joined the current one, Melania Trump, in an unusual united political front expressing horror at children separated from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border.
The interview continued with Sessions falsely claiming the migrant children are living under "good conditions", all while insisting that these separations don't happen for families who seek asylum in America through the proper immigration channels. "The practice and policy today of removing children from their parents' care at our border with Mexico is disgraceful and a shame to our country". She says, "I promise I'll behave, but please get me out of here". "She, who after the death of her 3-year-old daughter knew what it was to lose a child, believed that every child is deserving of human kindness, compassion and love".
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in an appearance before the National Sheriffs' Association in New Orleans: "We will not apologise for the job we do or for the job law enforcement does, for doing the job that the American people expect us to do".
She invoked her own quote from the Bible - Matthew 19:14 - in response, saying that "Jesus said suffer the little children onto me".
John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, the two ultra-conservative senators from Texas, each say they'll introduce emergency legislation to end the family separation policy.
"Parents who entered illegally are, by definition, criminals", Nielsen said. It beefs up border security, clamps down on illegal entries and reinforces other immigration laws.
Though controversy has dominated Trump's presidency, the growing furor over the separations struck a deeply emotional chord in both parties that may not calm anytime soon - even in districts that don't have large immigrant or Hispanic populations. "Instead of criticizing those of us who uphold our oaths by enforcing the laws Congress drafted, work with us to change them".