Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

'Nobody likes' family separation policy, Trump adviser says

'Nobody likes' family separation policy, Trump adviser says

White House officials later said the president had misspoken and didn't realize he was being asked about the compromise bill.

Some Republican lawmakers have joined Democrats in recent days to push Trump to reverse or modify the family separation policy by giving new instructions to the Department of Homeland Security.

"This is an issue, and if the Democrats are serious and a lot of the Republicans are serious they'll come together, they won't just talk about the Dreamers or the wall or catch and release, it's all of the above", Conway said.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday "nobody likes" to separate children from adults who are crossing the border illegally but she doubled down on the administration's line that it is up to Democrats to change it. That effort, which ran counter to Trump's earlier promise to sign a bipartisan bill protecting the young immigrants, foundered in Congress.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins blasted the policy as "inconsistent with American values". She said those who work there are doing what they could to make sure the children's needs are met.

Bannon has been set on a political comeback, launching a multi-million dollar ad blitz combining his "America First" stance on foreign policy with a call for Republicans to get behind Trump's agenda, CNBC has reported. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but governs with heart".

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon said President Donald Trump doesn't need to "justify" the policy of separating children from parents who are caught illegally crossing the southern US border because the it is part of the administration's "zero tolerance" approach on illegal immigration.

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Rep. Michael McCaul, who helped write the conservative version with Rep.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives will introduce legislation this week aimed at stopping separations, mirroring a similar Senate bill sponsored by Democrat Dianne Feinstein. "He's put the full weight of his office behind it". "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the goal of order".

Trump has claimed he hates the idea of separating children from the parents who try to enter the country, but the administration has acknowledged that crackdown on the families could serve as a deterrent. "That contradicts everything we know that the kids need to build their health".

"I hate the children being taken away", Trump said. "It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero-tolerance policy for illegal entry, period. They are criminals when they came across and that's why they are getting separated", Mr. Bannon said.

Asylum-seekers who go directly to official crossings are not separated from their families, except in specific circumstances, such as if officials can't confirm the relationship between the minors and adults, if the safety of the children is in question, or if the adult is being prosecuted. As part of this renewed dedication to prosecute all cases of unauthorized immigration, children are being taken from their parents, processed, and detained in contracted "shelters" across the US, while parents are detained for prosecution instead of released.

The situation now is "inhumane" and "un-American", he said.

"If they aren't going to cooperate, we are going to look to utilize the laws as hard as we can", said a second White House official.

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