Trump, Allied Lawmakers Seek Legislative Response to Outcry Over Border Policy

Trump, Allied Lawmakers Seek Legislative Response to Outcry Over Border Policy

Trump, Allied Lawmakers Seek Legislative Response to Outcry Over Border Policy

White House legislative director Marc Short on Monday defended the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy for illegal border crossings, which has led to children being separated from their parents.

President Trump speaks at the National Federation of Independent Businesses 75th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

More than 1,100 people were inside the large, dark facility, which was divided into separate wings for unaccompanied children, adults on their own, and parents with children.

Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) speaks during a protest against the recent U.S. immigration policy of separating children from their families when they enter the United States as undocumented immigrants, in front of a Homeland Security facility in Elizabeth, NJ, U.S., June 17, 2018.

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona says the Trump administration's current family separation policy is "an affront to the decency of the American people" and contrary to principles and values upon which the nation was founded.

He's argued that, "politically correct or not, we have a country that needs security, that needs safety".

This is the heartbreaking sound of children crying out for their parents at a US Customs and Border Protection facility.

"If you don't have Borders, you don't have a Country!".

He berated Democrats, calling them "the problem".

The Republican calls for a policy rethink follow the release of an audio recording appearing to capture the desperation and suffering of young migrant children separated from their mothers and fathers at the U.S. border.

"The U.S. Justice Department is ignoring its legal and moral obligation for the sake of a political agenda at the expense of children and the efforts of state law enforcement officials combating crimes like human trafficking, drug trafficking and gang violence which operate across global borders", Balderas said in a statement.

"We don't have to prosecute them, but then we are not prosecuting them for coming in illegally". "Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso". She compared it to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, which she called "one of the most shameful episodes in USA history".

"All we need is good legislation and we can have it taken care of", Trump said.

But Trump and his aides have staunchly insisted they have no choice, instead blaming Democrats for not supporting legislation that would allow the practice to end.

Top conservatives, including key Trump allies, have introduced bills to keep the migrant families together.

Mr Trump has sought to use the widespread outrage over the family separations to push through other immigration priorities that have stalled in Congress, such as funding for his long-promised wall along the Mexican border.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the Trump administration's moves were "inhumane" and "need to stop".

The first lady issued a statement on Sunday through 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".

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