Trump says US policy separating migrant families is law. It's not

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"What the administration has made a decision to do is to separate children from their parents to try to send a message that if you cross the border with children, your children are going to be ripped away from you".

What became clear earlier this year is that these are not outliers involving a small number of over-zealous border agents; they are the direct and deliberate product of official USA government policy.

He described the large tents housing the children as containing "a full heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, as well as a floor and doors".

Yet several key Trump administration officials support the family separation policy, including Chief of Staff John Kelly, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and senior adviser Stephen Miller, a vocal supporter of stricter immigration laws.

Previous policy usually allowed families to remain together and often released them into the country until their appointed immigration court dates.

'He's going to take children- even babies - away from their parents who won't know where they are or when or if they will see them again.

Around 1,500 boys - aged between ten and 17 - are being held in a former Walmart supermarket in Texas.

Advocates say the new information sharing might lead some parents to shy away from sponsoring their own children and ask others to do so, a situation that can lead to cases of trafficking or neglect.

Leveraging Christianity for political gain explores a moral grey area, bringing into question which social causes religious institutions use scripture to support or denounce (where is the "pro-life" and pro-family reaction to police brutality?).

"Trump is literally holding children hostage to get his unpopular border wall", she writes.

"Nor is it a location that has adequate numbers of counselors or therapists to assist these children", she said.

President Donald Trump said Friday that he "hates" migrant parents being separated from their children at the U.S. -Mexico border and insisted that the "Democratic law" that requires the separation can only be changed by Democratic lawmakers, despite the Republican majorities in Congress.

Among those who have professed objections to the policy is the president himself, who despite his tough rhetoric on immigration and his clear directive to show no mercy in enforcing the law, has searched publicly for someone else to blame for dividing families.

The children are put into the care of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and some are transferred to government facilities or foster care during the separation.

But the House will be taking votes on two immigration bills whose fate is uncertain - especially after Trump suggested Friday that he would not sign either one.

His demand for building a border wall was a constant campaign theme, and he has lately referred to some immigrants, particularly gang members, as "animals".

The crackdown expanded in April, when the administration announced a "zero tolerance" policy on the border to prosecute immigrants for entering the country illegally in the hopes they could be quickly deported and that the swift deportations would prevent more people from coming.

As many as 1,995 children have been pulled from their parents' arms this year when they arrived at the U.S.'s southern border seeking help, according to NPR.

At one point during the White House briefing, a correspondent for Playboy magazine excoriated Sanders, asking her if as a mother of three she did not have any empathy for children being ripped apart from their parents.

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