Melania Trump is basically an anti-Trumper

US Border Patrol agents speak to suspected immigrants near the US-Mexico border in McAllen Texas

EDDIE SEAL BLOOMBERG US Border Patrol agents speak to suspected immigrants near the US-Mexico border in McAllen Texas

Melania Trump, 48, the wife of US President Donald Trump, 72, said she "hates" that parents and children have been separated as part of the controversial child separation policy in the US. Instead, by saying that "both sides" needed to agree, she adopted his argument that the situation was caused by political stalemate rather than a policy he initiated.

Backlash over family separation and the Trump administration's obvious lies about enforcing such a policy has been growing on both sides of the aisle, including from several prominent conservatives.

The announcement comes amid a shift in USA policy that will now result in criminal charges being filed against persons caught crossing into the United States irregularly for the first time rather than a misdemeanour offence.

The child separation policy is a controversial policy aimed at Mexican immigrants who try to enter the United States at illegal border crossings.

He also said that President Trump is backing two House immigration plans that would include protections for DACA recipients. Bush, the wife of former President George W. Bush, penned a tweet over the weekend in which she echoed the widespread condemnation of the new directive from Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Donald Trump has previously blamed a law that "Deomcrats gave us" for the detentions, but it remains unclear which law he means.

The administration has removed almost 2,000 children from their parents in the past six weeks, according to the New York Times, as part of its "zero tolerance" policy regarding undocumented immigrants. The policy has led to days of heart-wrenching stories about families being separated, coverage that has blanketed national and local television. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture! "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", she wrote in a guest column for the Washington Post Sunday.

"President Trump could stop this policy with a phone call", Graham said.

Politicians and religious groups are among those to have criticised the "inhumane" policy, and the first lady - who last week returned to the public eye for the first time in nearly a month - has admitted she has found it hard to watch the events unfold.

"That's traumatizing to the children who are innocent victims, and it is contrary to our values in this country".

He has also urged Democrats to work with Republicans to create new legislation to address the issue.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the policy "leaves a dark stain on our nation". "Be a dad. I can't think of an act that is more cruel, that is more evil than to rip a child from their parents", Gutierrez said. "That's the Democrats" law, ' Trump told reporters on Friday. "And it's an effort to extort a bill to their liking in the Congress". Trump's former chief strategist said Republicans would face steep consequences for pushing the compromise bill because it provides a path to citizenship for young "Dreamer" immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

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