Kellyanne Conway claims 'nobody likes' policy of family separation at border

Kellyanne Conway claims 'nobody likes' policy of family separation at border

A top adviser to Trump said Sunday that the president was not using the family separation as leverage to force Democrats to come to the table on other policy disputes, rebutting an unnamed White House official quoted by The Washington Post.

Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway slammed the policy of separating children from their parents during an appearance on NBC News, saying she doesn't like it.

Almost 2000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.

Donald Trump aide Stephen Miller was the driving force behind a controversial new policy enforcing the separation of undocumented immigrants from their children at the US border, reported The New York Times.

That's not the most jaw-dropping rationalisation the administration has offered for its policy of family separation.

Most of the occupants are believed to have been in the U.S. without permission. The blame, he said, rests "on all of us, not just the Trump administration". Rev. Franklin Graham, who's typically a Trump ally, told Christian Broadcasting Network that it's "disgraceful, it's bad, to see families ripped apart, and I don't support that one bit". The form references a handful of bureaucratic acronyms and provides three main "actions" for helping the parents locate their child or children after they are separated.

"I support the president's proposals for border security", she said.

USA officials said on Friday that almost 2,000 children were separated from adults at the border between mid-April and the end of May.

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The president has accused Democrats of promulgating "laws" that have caused family separation at the border - though there are no laws mandating that children be taken away from any adult arriving at the border.

The immigration policy is largely the work of Attorney General Jeff Sessions who announced a "zero tolerance" policy earlier this year.

The administration insists the new rules are necessary to send a message to immigrants. "It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero-tolerance policy for illegal entry, period". The children were fed; they had beds, toys, a playground and people who change their nappies.

"The president fully supports both the Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill", according to White House spokesman Raj Shah. The psychological trauma being inflicted on the children, and their parents, is undeniable.

President Trump's administration has been under scrutiny in recent weeks after instituting a policy that separates immigrants coming to the county illegally from their children. Even after Kelly stopped talking publicly about family separation, the Department of Homeland Security quietly tested the approach last summer in certain areas in Texas. He said that neither him nor the president "like to see children taken away from their parents".

On Twitter, Trump addressed what he specifically wants in new legislation including "full funding for the Wall;" an end to a diversity visa lottery and certain categories of family-based migration; and a shift toward "merit based immigration" for skilled workers.

Mr Trump has claimed he hates the idea of separating children from the parents who try to enter the country, and has repeatedly blamed Democrats for the law, but the administration has acknowledged that crackdown on the families could serve as a deterrent.

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