Five first ladies speak out on family separations at border

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Since the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy was debuted over a month ago, the number of people in detention centers has risen and backlogs have built up in courts.

Earlier Tuesday, the president ramped up his attacks on illegal immigrants who "infest" America in a pair of tweets that, again, blamed Democrats.

Charlie Baker has also refused to send troops to the border, citing the "cruel and inhumane" separation of families. "Where is the outcry for the killings and crime being caused by gangs and thugs, including MS-13, coming into our country illegally?"

Immigrant families are being separated at the border not because of Democrats and not because some law forces this result, as Trump insists. "Rather, its implementation and its execution are taking place exclusively at your direction, and the unfolding tragedy falls squarely on your shoulders".

"Congress should pass legislation to prevent the separation of children from their parents while they are waiting adjudication of their legal status in the USA", he said in a statement.

Chris Sosa is the Senior Editor at AlterNet.

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Mr Sessions was asked on Fox News about a tweet by former CIA Director Michael Hayden likening what happened at Auschwitz concentration camp, where millions of Jews and other minorities were killed, to the separation of undocumented immigrant families at the United States border.

"Ms Grisham went on to say that "[Melania] believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart", a line which supports the president's recent policy decision to criminally prosecute all adults attempting to cross illegally into the United States over the southern border.

"To those who wish to challenge the Trump Administration's commitment to public safety, national security, and the rule of law, I warn you: illegally entering this country will not be rewarded, but will instead be met with the full prosecutorial powers of the Department of Justice", he said.

The president also accused illegal immigrants of endangering the lives of their children by sending them unaccompanied to the US.

The separations stem from a policy that turns all cases of people trying to enter the country illegally over for criminal prosecution. She said she was willing to hear out Trump at tonight's meeting. The legislation wouldn't explicitly forbid the incarceration of children alongside their parents.

It is unprecedented for former First Lady to criticize the policies of a current president.

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U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, a Brookline Democrat who attended a rally on the U.S. -Mexico border over Father's Day weekend, meanwhile, spoke out against the Trump administration's policy during a Tuesday morning event at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Kansas GOP Sen. Pat Roberts said he was "against using parental separation as a deterrent to illegal immigration".

Steven Wagner, a Trump appointee at HHS, said on Tuesday, "I don't know how many separated kids have been placed or reunited with parents".

"We want a great country".

"I visited Thailand and witnessed firsthand the trauma of parents and children separated by circumstances beyond their control".

Thousands of people have been protesting in several US cities against Donald Trump's racist "zero tolerance" policies that are splitting migrant families and sending children to detention centers which activists and critics are comparing to Nazi concentration camps.

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