Trump ‘literally holding children hostage’ for border wall

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Ted Cruz, R-Texas, visited a detention center Tuesday, later describing in a Facebook video the concerns of a mother he met who was about to be separated from her 7-year-old daughter.

In an interview on Friday with CNN, he said, "If they want to take a baby from the arms of his mother and separate the two, that's wrong". "I hope to produce the outrage and the public pressure to force those in power to do the right thing".

WASHINGTON-Almost immediately after President Donald Trump took office, his administration began weighing what for years had been regarded as the nuclear option in the effort to discourage immigrants from unlawfully entering the United States.

The new figures are for people who tried to enter the USA between official border crossings.

In a roughly six-week period, almost 2,000 minors were separated from adults at the border, according to The Associated Press.

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The "forced family breakup" policy Trump was referring to is one enforced by his own administration, specifically the zero-tolerance policy Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in May.

The Trump administration's move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S. -Mexico border has drawn denunciation from the United Nations, Roman Catholic bishops and countless humanitarian groups. "Go for it! WIN!"

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that she "very forcefully" objected to the implication that Trump sought to use immigrant children as a bargaining chip, even though the president himself suggested it. A couple of weeks ago, state department spokesperson Heather Nauert cited D-Day as evidence of the US's strong relationship with Germany, so it's safe to say history is not this administration's strong suit.

Trump is expected to speak to House Republicans directly about immigration and other matters in a meeting on Tuesday ahead of the planned Thursday votes. All of these leaders imply such practices, which were institutionalised child abuse, belong to a dark corner of history when the world was less civilised and policy-making less enlightened.

Evangelical leader Franklin Graham, son of "America's pastor" Billy Graham and a prominent Trump supporter, told the Christian Broadcasting Network on Tuesday, "It's disgraceful, and it's bad to see families ripped apart and I don't support that one bit". In 20 years, perhaps, another chastened USA leader will stand before the nation to publicly acknowledge the damage done and to apologise.

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"We do not separate breastfeeding children from their parents, that does not exist, that is not policy", the spokesperson said. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart", Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director, said in a statement to The Hill.

Democratic and Republican strategists believe the odds of passing a broad new immigration law - this one ending the family separation policy - remains slim. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) to end the family-separation tactics, calling it "too broad".

Beyond politicians, pediatricians have also denounced the practice of tearing children away from their parents, saying it can disrupt brain development and harm long-term health.

At least 2,000 children were separated since implementing a policy that results in family separations.

. He also plans stops at a border patrol station and a port of entry.

Van Hollen's participation is notable as he's in charge of Senate Democrats' midterm campaign committee.

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