"You know what's ironic?" Trying to suggest the Obama administration did something similar in 2014 is a third Trump administration's fallacy in trying to assert parallel response.
Administration officials say they are simply following the law, however, there are no statutes that mandate separating children from families at the border. "If a parent left a child in a cage with no supervision with other 5-year-olds, they'd be held accountable".
After processing, the unaccompanied minors were transferred to custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority, speaks as protesters block the entrance of the headquarters of U.S. Customs and Border Protection during a protest, June 13, 2018, in Washington, DC.
For reasons only she can explain, Bush failed to mention the "trauma" inflicted on these minor children during the arduous and unsafe trek across the border.
"You look at what's happening in Europe, you look at what's happening in other places - we can't allow that to happen to the United States, not on my watch", Mr Trump said at the White House while announcing an unrelated policy.
"We have the worst immigration laws in the entire world". With the adult detained and facing prosecution, any minors accompanying them are taken away. We do need major new investments to increase immigration court proceeding capacity. "And it can be taken care of quickly, beautifully, and we'll have safety".More news: Oppressive humidity, heat continue Monday
Make no mistake, these family separations are a crisis of the government\'s own making. "Jesus said suffer the little children onto me, he did not say let the children suffer". Another 500 were "family units", parents and children. I can't say it never happened - but not as a matter of policy or practice. "Unfortunately, our borders lack the infrastructure to support all of the individuals and families seeking asylum in the United States".
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME said she favors tighter border security, but expressed deep concerns about the child separation policy. "I even taught it from time to time", Clinton said. "The morality of it was clear - that's not who we are".
"CHANGE THE LAWS!" the president tweeted several times during a Monday morning social media torrent about immigration laws and his administration's hard-line policies. "Children belong with their mothers and fathers", he said. More adults were being jailed as a result, which led to their children being separated from them. A group of congressional lawmakers visited the same facility Sunday and were set to visit a longer-term shelter holding around 1,500 children - many of whom were separated from their parents.
In recent days, authorities on the border have begun allowing tightly controlled tours of the facilities that are meant to put a humane face on the policy. It appeared that they had been at the detention center for less than 24 hours, so their distress at having been separated from their parents was still raw.
American University professor of government, Jennifer Lawless, said Mrs Trump's intervention in the debate was unusual for a first lady.
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.