Trump Again Falsely Blames Democrats for His Separation Policy

Earlier a top White House adviser tried to distance the Trump Administration from responsibility for separating migrant children, even though the Administration put in place and could easily end a policy that has led to a spike in cases of distraught families.

And the president signalled the drama could drag on.

During her Sunday appearance on "Face the Nation", Collins suggested the number of children separated from their families at the border could exceed the almost 2,000 reported by the Department of Homeland Security.

The Trump administration has faced waves of criticism as of late after the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that almost 2,000 children were separated from their parents between April 19 and May 31 of this year.

Government officials on the call did not go into detail about where the children are being held.

"We have some of the highest detention standards in the world for children", he said. Jeff Flake of Arizona sent a letter to Homeland Security requesting additional information about the separation of children at the border, citing cases of children being separated from their parents who sought asylum at ports of entry.

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Meanwhile, congressional Republicans have struggled to craft a viable immigration plan.

"If we don't have Republicans who step up and say the president of the United States must stop taking babies away from their mothers, then the practice will continue", Warren said. "This little girl is the same age as my daughter. luna is the happiest thing. the funniest girl. and she is absolutely terrified to look around and realize she is too far away from us, even for seconds. the fear she would feel here fills me with rage and sadness".

Trump's opposition would deal a body blow to efforts to tamp down the border crisis, which has raised alarm among evangelical leaders who backed Trump's campaign. But the kind of pictures so feared by Trump's predecessors could end up defining a major domestic policy issue of his term.

One Trump administration official told The Washington Post that the harsh separation practices were meant to force Democrats to negotiate immigration laws more in line with the White House's demands.

On the call, Department of Homeland Security also said that prosecutions have more than doubled, but acknowledges they are not now at 100%.

Trump stressed he opposes the separations.

As the controversy rages, the first lady, who rarely weighs in on policy matters, issued a statement on Sunday though spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham: "Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform".

But he also repeated the falsehood that Democrats, now in the minority in Congress, are responsible for a law that mandates family separations.

Last week, authorities said one man who was separated from his children committed suicide. And in the press release announcing the opening of the family prison south of San Antonio that critics call "baby jail", ICE claimed confining families behind fences would "deter [] others from taking the unsafe journey and illegally crossing into the United States".

'It's a crime to come across illegally, and children get separated. "It is inconsistent with our American values to separate these children from their parents unless there's evidence of abuse or another very good reason".

  • Kyle Peterson