President Trump doubles down on immigration amid backlash

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The separations, which have been blasted by Democrats, some Republicans, medical professionals, rights activists and clergy, began after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" policy in April in which all those apprehended entering the United States illegally would be criminally charged.

The president is passing the buck when he claims that Democrats are to blame for his administration's policy of ripping children away from parents in migrant families apprehended at the border.

"Democrats are the problem", he proclaimed.

An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a USA immigration facility has stoked the outrage over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.

While Melania Trump's admonition was oblique and understated, former First Lady Laura Bush lit into the Trump administration, calling it's zero-tolerance policy cruel and immoral. "Good for the children, good for the country, good for the world", he said.

"We want to end the border crisis by finally giving us the legal authorities and the resources to detain and remove illegal immigrant families altogether", Trump said Tuesday, "and bring them back to their country". Crime in Germany is way up.

He also said Washington "failed" on immigration reform, and that "Immigration enforcement efforts should focus on criminals, not separating innocent children from their families".

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"We must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally", he added.

But Trump has defended his policy by tweeting: "If you don't have Borders, you don't have a Country!". "Don't wait until after the election because you are going to lose!"

Some moderate Republicans have also called on Trump to stop the separations. "Period.", while at the same time arguing that the policy of holding migrant children was done for their own safety. Nobody has such sad, such bad and actually, in many cases, such disgusting and tough - you see about child separation, you see what's going on there. Now, the United States administration has moved to prosecute anyone who seeks to enter the country illegally, which it says requires the children to be taken away. I think the administration has said that.

One House Republican in a swing district, Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado, said he's willing to endorse the Feinstein bill if that's what it takes.

The ProPublica article says the audio was recorded inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, by a person who asked not to be named out of concern about possible retaliation. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, one of the most vulnerable red-state Democrats up for re-election this year, said Sunday on Twitter that she would sign onto the bill this week and focus on the issue in her capacity as the top Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee.

President Trump will be on Capitol Hill Tuesday to meet with Republicans on possible immigration bills.

GOP senators including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME also said they've been discussing family separation legislation. A reporter played the audio of children screaming after being separated from their parents-which had no visible effect on these monsters.

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