Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents 'breaks my heart'

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Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents 'breaks my heart'

An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of small Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a US immigration facility took center stage Monday in the growing uproar over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.

First lady Melania Trump "hates" to see families separated at the border and hopes "both sides of the aisle" can reform the nation's immigration laws, according to a statement from her office.

The separations have triggered a nationwide outcry from Republicans and Democrats who say it is inhumane.

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.

"A country without borders is not a country at all", he said.

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President Donald Trump, who continues to blame Democrats for a policy cooked up by his administration, doesn't appear to be backing down.

Amid the global outcry, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday that the growing crisis at the U.S. -Mexico border "is not new".

Unwilling to accept that outcome, the Trump administration said it would follow the laws and bring criminal charges. 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. Children are not detained with their parents when those parents are facing a criminal charge, as per US protocol. "Jesus said suffer the little children unto me - he did not say let the children suffer".

"If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border", he concluded last month after announcing the policy. Even House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who is an immigration hard-liner, told NPR's Mary Louise Kelly in an interview Monday for All Things Considered that he backs the changes to the administration's policy in the compromise bill.

Mr Trump has sought to use the widespread outrage over the family separations to push through other immigration priorities that have stalled in Congress, such as funding for his long-promised wall along the Mexican border.

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Since 7 May, all adults caught crossing the USA border illegally are being charged with federal crimes, resulting in parents being separated from their children. "It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", Bush, who lives in Texas, wrote in a Washington Post opinion piece.

"I say it's very strongly the Democrats' fault", Trump said. "We have the worst immigration laws in the entire world".

"Yes, hopefully people will get the message", Sessions said, "and come through the border at the port of entry and not [come] across the border unlawfully".

While current first lady Melania Trump's statement largely echoed her husband's decrying the practice, the first ladies all called for it to end. Trump said the U.S.

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