"Be smart America!", the president wrote. "They don't care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13", Trump tweeted.
As a result, children are taken away from their parents, because they can not be taken to adult jails.
Trump administration officials say they have no clear plan yet on how to reunite the thousands of children separated from their families at the border since the implementation of a zero-tolerance policy in which anyone caught entering the USA illegally is criminally prosecuted. The conversation was expected to be dominated by immigration legislation and the furor resulting from the family separations.
The children in the audio are between four and ten years old according to the person who recorded it. A border patrol agent can be heard saying: "Well, we have an orchestra here. What's missing is the conductor".
"If we don't get that information, then there's no way of knowing that child was separated", Olivares said. She's crying and begging me to go get her. "It's political insanity. It will kill us". And that's why some Republican lawmakers, including Ted Cruz, are speaking out against the practice. The separation of children from their parents is directly attributable to a change in enforcement policy repeatedly announced by Sessions in April and May 2018, under which adults (with or without children) are criminally prosecuted for attempting to enter the United States. "It should do so now".
Senator Pat Roberts, from Kansas, said he is "against using parental separation as a deterrent to illegal immigration".
ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER: While Trump and Sessions definitely put this policy to work, the chief architect of the plan is White House hardliner Stephen Miller who is a virulent white nationalist and keeps a low profile while whispering his racist views in the president's ear.
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Laura Bush said the detention centres reminded her of internment camps where Japanese-Americans were held during the Second World War. "It needs to be stopped immediately". "I hate it. I hate to see separation of parents and children".
But similar images of children sleeping on the ground exist now. The difference is that during the Obama era, families were placed in detention together and released as early as possible.
The kids pictured in metal cages were unaccompanied minors waiting for housing. Sanford, a frequent Trump critic, lost after his GOP primary opponent highlighted his criticism of the president.
Still, the President does have close allies who loudly agree with his policies - and undoubtedly many more supporters quietly agreeing in front of their televisions.
The audio of the 10 children is just a tiny percentage of what is happening at the USA border. Numerous current policies against refugee children were a dirty open secret during the Obama administration, which used criminal law to aggressively enforce immigration policy.
He, however, offered that he's encouraged by the public's reaction to the controversial policy. "They will be well cared for as we deal with their parents".
Hultgren said in a Tweet, "I am troubled by the situation at the border" and he was "pleased the House is working on legislation for DACA recipients". "80-20. I'm talking 90-10 on that".
The threat to Republicans in swing districts was enough to push Representative Steve Stivers, who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, to break with Trump.
Despite the meeting with the president, some members remained wary of supporting any immigration bill following a chaotic week during which Trump appeared to switch his position on immigration several times.
The President's approval rating on immigration is actually lower than his approval on the economy and his overall approval - with every group.