President Trump Argues There's No Alternative to Family Separation Policy

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The Republican House compromise bill on immigration would end the family separation issue at the border - but Democrats won't support it. The sounds of crying children at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility begging for their parents picked up on a secretly-recorded audio tape were posted this week by ProPublica, creating a larger and more impassioned backlash to the policy. Despite these results and the media outcry, President Trump is enjoying higher approval ratings than ever before. For instance, on Wednesday, June 20 (4-6 p.m.) and Saturday, June 23 (10 a.m. -1 p.m.) adults and kids are gathering at UCB Sunset to write letters of comfort to detained children, which will be sent along with donated teddy bears.

Trump also expressed disappointment with America's southern neighbor. "You can do it. Mr. President you started it, you can stop it".

Tuesday's Republican huddle will be closely watched, in part to see whether any lawmakers directly confront the president.

It contains several of Trump's main priorities, including border wall funding, protecting young "Dreamer" immigrants who were brought to the country as children and curbs on legal immigration programs such as an end to the visa lottery.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a member of the Freedom Caucus, said he's skeptical that even a full-throated endorsement from Trump will be enough to get the compromise bill through the House.

Both bills were offered as alternatives in case broader GOP immigration legislation heading for a vote this week fails, as is likely.

"We want a merit-based immigration system, so that Boeing and Lockheed and all of the people - Grumman, all of the people that are here today, the heads of every company - so that you can hire people on a merit-base", Trump said in his address to the National Space Council meeting held at the White House. There were boos - a rarity for Trump in a room where he is largely loved. Trump said sarcastically, to awkward silence from more than 200 of his Republican colleagues.

First lady Melania Trump's immigration lawyer has lashed out at the Trump administration's widely criticized border policy, describing it as like Nazi Germany or the slave trade.

"I don't want children taken away from parents", he told a gathering of small business owners, before adding: "When you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away".

Kellyanne Conway claims 'nobody likes' policy of family separation at border
Last week, authorities said one man who was separated from his children committed suicide. Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution.

President Donald Trump has doubled down on his tough immigration rhetoric, vowing to keep arresting illegal immigrants and blaming Democrats for wanting illegal immigrants to pour in as their potential voters. A growing number of Republicans have pushed back, including Sen. Migrant advocates announced they would rally outside the federal courthouse in Phoenix on Monday afternoon to protest the policy.

She said family separation is a "heartbreaking.issue that could be changed in a moment by the president of the United States". Mexico's foreign minister condemned it as "cruel and inhuman".

A CNN/SSRS poll found only 28 percent of respondents overall approve of separating immigrant families at the border, but 58 percent of Republicans approve of it.

Democrats say the crisis is of Trump's own making, and accuse him of using children as pawns. Are you a worker at a detention center, or do you aid families who have been affected?

Numerous Maryland lawmakers have come out against the policy that the Trump Administration is now enforcing that separates immigrant children from their parents after crossing the US border. The result has been almost 2,000 minors separated from their families because children can not be jailed with their parents.

The president said in the meeting that separating parents and children was "certainly not an attractive thing and does look bad", Representative Tom Cole said.

Migrant children are not permitted to be incarcerated with their parents, and are kept in separate facilities maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The majority crossed the border without their parents.

In another tweet on Tuesday, Trump accused Democrats of letting illegal immigrants, including gang members, "pour into and infest" the United States to court their votes.