Laura Bush says ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy is ‘cruel’

First lady Melania Trump center accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence left applauds as President Donald Trump speaks to employees at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters Wednesday

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"You know what's ironic?" In a CBS News survey of American adults, 67 percent said it was unacceptable, with 17 percent approving.

Democrats have seized on the family separation issue, swarming detention centers in Texas to highlight the policy.

A good number of these people are adult migrants traveling with children.

Previously, most families arrested after crossing the border have been released for civil deportation hearings, but because children are not allowed in criminal jails, the new enforcement has resulted in separations.

"This balanced approach is especially critical when we are faced with persons seeking entry who may be eligible under established USA laws for the protection of asylum, as they flee persecution, horrific violence, or danger in their home countries", they said.

Trump continued to cast blame on Democrats Monday, tweeting: "Why don't the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world's worst immigration laws?" On Monday, he defended it again saying it was a matter of rule of law, "We can not and will not encourage people to bring children by giving them blanket immunity from our laws".

"The real problem is the immigration system is broken and Congress is not doing anything and the president we have does not care about families", Pineda said.

All four former first ladies have joined the current one, Melania Trump, in an unusual united political front expressing horror at children separated from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border.

The Trump administration insists the family separations are required under the law.

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Because she's a Texas native and lived through the Katrina debacle, Laura Bush's denunciation of the Trump policy is especially noteworthy and meaningful.

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.

"I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the objective of order", Sessions said Thursday in Fort Wayne, Indiana. "There may have been some exigent situation, some emergency", Johnson told NPR June 9. Another 500 were "family units", parents and children. She said she believes that this zero tolerance policy is not the solution.

"My mommy says that I'll go with my aunt and that she'll come to pick me up there as quickly as possible", the unidentified girl says.

Unlike Trump, however, previous administrations, including that of Obama, did not have a policy of separating almost all families at the border. I even taught it from time to time. "The morality of it was clear - that's not who we are". "Children belong with their mothers and fathers", he said.

"The idea of prosecuting people who cross the border illegally the first time they are caught is entirely new", he added. A group of congressional lawmakers visited the same facility Sunday and were set to visit a longer-term shelter holding around 1,500 children - many of whom were separated from their parents.

The Obama administration's immigration policy was not without controversy, to be sure. "I hate the children being taken away", he told reporters Friday at the White House. In some cases, families have not been able to locate their children afterward.

Obama's immigration policy specifically sought to avoid breaking up families.

Donald Trump may have campaigned for president by calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals and calling for a wall on the southern border, but he also periodically showed a softer side towards immigrants.

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