WHAT'S HAPPENING: Border policy fuels backlash against Trump

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Previously, adults who entered the U.S. with children were mostly referred to immigration courts.

Laura Bush, wife to George W. Bush, got the ball rolling among First Ladies when she wrote in an Op-Ed at the Washington Post on Sunday that quickly careened around the Internet. It is historic, with some countries the most risky places in the world.

Conway rejected the idea that Trump was using the kids as leverage to force Democrats to negotiate on immigration and his long-promised border wall, even after Trump tweeted Saturday: "Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!" Here's what Secretary Nielsen told NPR's John Burnett when he interviewed her on May 10 and asked about family separation.

The lawmakers came to south Texas, they say, to learn more about the agency's processing of undocumented immigrants entering the United States, including a Trump administration policy to refer all people who cross the border illegally for criminal prosecution on top of immigration proceedings.

Migrant children holding facility in McAllen, Texas.

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Through the end of May, nearly 2,000 children were separated from adults who said they were their parents or guardians, the department said last week. The officials on the call said the stricter standards would also apply to the initial screening process to determine whether immigrants crossing the border have a "credible fear" of returning to their home countries.

"We have the worst immigration laws in the entire world".

The Trump administration is standing by the controversial immigration policy of separating families at the US border.

Merkel's open-door migrant policy is widely blamed for the rise of the right-wing AfD, now the main opposition party in Germany's federal parliament.

Almost 2,000 children were taken from their parents over a six-week period in April and May.

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US first lady Michelle Obama, right, and former USA first lady Laura Bush laugh as they participate in an African First Ladies Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July 2, 2013.

"We spoke to fathers whose children have been ripped from their arms, who have no idea when or if they'll ever see their children again", said Sen. The Mormon church said it was "deeply troubled" by the separation of families and urged national leaders to find compassionate solutions. Sessions has routinely defended his decision, saying that "if you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law".

Jumping the border has been a crime for decades, but the Bush and Obama administrations used the criminal penalties sparingly, instead treating illegal immigration through the civil side of the law and trying to deport people.

"For those seeking asylum at ports of entry, we have continued the policy from previous administrations and will only separate if the child is in danger, there is no custodial relationship between "family" members, or if the adult has broken a law".

Mr Trump, whose hard-line stance on immigration is a major policy of his presidency, responded sharply to critics on Monday. More adults were being jailed as a result, which led to their children being separated from them.

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How did we get here? "But the expectation of the citizens towards the interior minister is that he should act". Welt daily said "it would be nearly a miracle if she emerges a victor from the next European Union summit".

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