All 5 first ladies speak out against family-separation immigration policy

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Former first lady Laura Bush spoke out Sunday night about the separation of families on the U.S. border, writing a harsh criticism of the current zero-tolerance immigration policy being enforced under the Trump administration.

The Trump admin has talked tough on prosecuting everyone who has crossed illegally, including those who claim to deserve asylum or have small children. Every Senate Democrat is on board with the legislation, but they need Republican support in order to pass it.

A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the US-Mexico border on June 12 in McAllen, Texas.

The administration wants to send a message, said Maine Senator Susan Collins, a Republican critic of the policy, "that if you cross the border with children, your children are going to be ripped away from you".

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday defended her department's policies amid increasingly intense scrutiny over separating children from adults accused of illegally crossing the border. Her spokeswoman says that Mrs. Trump believes "we need to be a country that follows all laws", but also one "that governs with heart".

Former First Lady Barbara Bush also criticised what's going on in a newspaper article.

People have been detained and referred for criminal prosecution, but USA rules state that children are not allowed to be held with their parents because they have not been charged with a crime.

"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility", President Donald Trump declared on Monday. But the separations instead largely stem from a "zero-tolerance" policy announced with fanfare last month by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Republicans in Congress were tentatively planning to offer two bills this week, one that would sharply curtail legal immigration and a compromise measure, as yet not revealed, that could draw criticism from conservatives.

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Melania Trump's office said she "hates" to see families separated at the border.

Trump blamed Democrats for the problem.

Even as images of children held in chain-link pens and audio of toddlers crying in detention facilities were broadcast Monday, the Trump Administration remained unapologetic, doubling down on its policy of separating parents and children apprehended at the border.

Democrats at the time objected, and that refusal, combined with court rulings and a complex web of laws protecting some illegal immigrant children, has created the mess that's ensued.

The Trump administration has said it's simply enforcing a law to prosecute adults that come into the US illegally and that children can not be housed with adults while they are going through the criminal process.

In heartbreaking audio released by transparency group ProPublica, several Central American children separated from their parents are heard desperately sobbing and wailing, some so hard they nearly can not breathe.

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Both Obama and her husband, former President Barack Obama, have largely remained on the sidelines since leaving the White House last January, speaking out against the Trump administration only on rare occasions and often in a veiled manner.

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