Almost 2,000 children were separated from their incarcerated parents over the past two months after the Trump administration announced a "zero tolerance" policy for prosecuting illegal immigrants has drawn condemnation from Democrats, former first ladies and religious leaders, especially after images from one detention center showed children held in chain-link-fence cages.
Mr Trump says that a law he inherited from the previous Democratic administration forces him to separate immigrant families. Advocacy groups have said the problem arises from a politically-loaded zero-tolerance policy that is being enforced by the present administration.
Meanwhile, millions of people have viewed a photo of a 2-year-old girl from Honduras in a bright pink shirt screaming in fear last week as a USA border agent patted down her mother. There are now 12,000 children in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.
This is the heartbreaking sound of children crying out for their parents at a US Customs and Border Protection facility.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rejected claims US holding centres for child migrants separated from parents are like Nazi concentration camps. "Every parent who has ever held a child in their arms, every human being with a sense of compassion and decency, should be outraged". Trump has placed the act of family separation on Democrats.More news: XXXTentacion dead after Florida shooting
There's going to be a march on Washington, DC (as well as marches all over the country) to protest and hopefully end Trump's "child separation" policy on June 30.
"We do not share the same model of civilization, clearly we don't share certain values", Benjamin Griveaux told France 2 television.
Clinton, former first lady, secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee, said at an awards lunch for the Women's Forum of NY that the separations are not required by law and are not grounded in any religion. Reuters could not independently verify the authenticity of the tape. "And it's an effort to extort a bill to their liking in the Congress".
He said if Congress can find agreement on a way to update what he called the "worst immigration laws in the entire world" it could be a trendsetting move for the rest of the globe. Both were drafted with no input from Democrats.
More than 1,100 people were inside the large, dark facility, which is divided into separate wings for unaccompanied children, adults on their own, and mothers and fathers with children. Details were still in flux.More news: Saudi soccer team lands safely in Rostov after plane's engine fault
Asked whether there was any daylight between the president and first lady on the issue of family separation, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders chose to instead address the administration's dispute with Democrats.
On Tuesday, Politico explicitly backed the former USA attorneys by stating that "there is no law requiring families be separated at the border, only a policy established by the Trump administration that could just as easily be rescinded".
"We need Democrat votes to get it fixed", he said.
Under the "zero-tolerance" crackdown that the Trump administration rolled out in May, all border crossers - include first-time offenders - are criminally charged and jailed pending trial.
From March to May this year, more than 50,000 people a month were apprehended for illegally crossing the border from Mexico.More news: Incredibles 2 makes heroic North America box office debut