The Mormon church said it is "deeply troubled" by the separation of families at the border and urged national leaders to find compassionate solutions.
Michelle Obama made her thoughts on the zero tolerance policy known by sharing Bush's op-ed, simply writing "Sometimes truth transcends party". This is in no small part because they feel that they've got their hands on a victor for the midterms (lacking much of anything else to campaign on besides a general, seething hatred of Donald Trump) and they don't want to give that up.
But some Republican commentators argue the policy is essentially a continuation of previous administrations. Anyone caught illegally crossing the border into the United States will be detained; if they have children - regardless of the age - those children will be separated from them, and they will be held for a minimum of 72 hours in a detention cell.
She wrote, "this zero-tolerance policy is cruel". Eleanor Roosevelt actually contradicted her husband on the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and on European refugees during the same war.
Around 2,000 children have so far been separated from their families since Sessions announced a tightening of policy. It comes at a moment when his administration faces one of its most serious political crises, one that appears to be getting worse by the hour as opposition to the policy of separating children from their parents at the border grows more intense.
A new Trump administration policy, which went into effect in May, sought to maximise criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally.
"Over the last 10 years, there has been a 1,700 per cent increase in asylum claims, resulting in asylum backlog to date, on our country, of 600,000 cases", Nielsen said.
A spokesman for Coffman said his initial support of the Goodlatte bill, which until now had not been reported, was his attempt to explore all options for an immigration fix.
"This is a fuse that has been lit", he said.
"Laura BThe senior among the first ladies, Rosalynn Carter, spoke through The Carter Center: "The practice and policy today of removing children from their parents' care at our border with Mexico is disgraceful and a shame to our country".
An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of small Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a US immigration facility took centre stage Monday in the growing uproar over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.
The signs of splintering of GOP support come after longtime Trump ally, the Rev. Franklin Graham, called the policy "disgraceful".
"We will separate those who claim to be a parent and child if we can not determine a familial or custodial relationship exists".
This pressure is coming as White House officials have tried to distance themselves from the policy.
Democrats also are buoyed by Trump drawing criticism from typically GOP friendly territory: the religious community.
"It is not the facilities, it's the act of separating parents from the children". USA protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are. She talked about immigration before family separation came to the forefront.
At least one Democrat running in a conservative-leaning House district in North Carolina combined Law's advice with the words of another Republican critic: former first lady Laura Bush.
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