Michelle Obama joins Laura Bush in denouncing border family separation practices

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Inasmuch the law that enables authorities to separate families crossing illegally into the U.S. has been in the books through Democratic and Republican administrations, it is President Trump's (and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions') "zero-tolerance policy" that has resulted in hundreds of children, some of them toddlers, being separated from their parents in heart-rending scenes that had outraged much of America and the world. Several religious groups, including some conservative ones, have pushed to stop the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents.

"This is a matter of enormous public interest and access to these facilities has been very limited, and we felt that people needed to know as much as possible what's going on in there", he said. The president said his administration wants safety and security for the country.

The continuation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - the Obama-era program that defers deportation for some people brought to the country illegally as children - is an issue that every group can agree on, with 8-in-10 saying the U.S. should continue the policy that Trump has sought to end and allow immigrants who meet the qualifications to remain in the US.

Meanwhile, the cycle of congressional inaction has begun.

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

On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents.

"While these cases are pending, families should stay together". It was focused on freeing and otherwise helping children who come to the border without a parent or guardian. "If that's true, they should support our bill NOW!"

Representative Beto O'Rourke said he was working on legislation that would end the practice of family separation.

Mr Trump's comments come as German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a row over immigration that threatens to scupper her three-month-old coalition Government.

Calling for tough action against illegal immigration, Trump declared the U.S.

"The administration's decision to separate families is a new, discretionary choice", Sen.

"Neither the horrors of family separation nor the stupidity of catch-and-release should be about leverage for a broader debate", Sasse said in the post.

From right: Former President Barack Obama, former USA first lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush attend the dedication of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., on September 24, 2016.

"You saw the President [say] on camera that he wants this to end". "They're not going to pass a bill saying '[Trump] shall not split them up'".

On Twitter Monday, Michelle Obama re-tweeted a message from former first lady Laura Bush promoting a column Bush wrote decrying the policy.

Bush is a former first lady of the United States.