Why is the USA separating migrant children from their families?

Occupants at Casa Padre an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors in Brownsville Texas US are seen in this

Laura Bush Blasts Trump Administration for 'Immoral' Family Separations

Photos went viral over the weekend showing children being held in fenced enclosures at a Texas facility. He blamed Democrats' policies for the current law, saying border agents can either detain and separate the families or release them into the United States.

Republicans were tentatively planning to offer two bills this week in Congress, one that would sharply curtail legal immigration and a compromise measure, as yet not revealed, that could draw criticism from conservatives.

Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country. Adults who do cross the border illegally will still be detained but be kept with their children in the same facility until their case is adjudicated.

"I visited Thailand and witnessed firsthand the trauma of parents and children separated by circumstances beyond their control".

The US Attorney General - who is the American government's top lawyer - says that bringing children with them shouldn't stop illegal migrants being punished.

They are transferred to government shelters or foster care while their situation is sorted out, but some shelters and foster homes say they are running out of space.

In heartbreaking audio released by transparency group ProPublica, several Central American children separated from their parents are heard desperately sobbing and wailing, some so hard they nearly can not breathe.

"Without him coming to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, I don't think we'd have that sort of maximum pressure, if you will, to get us across the goal line, and I anticipate on Tuesday that he's going to be the leader he is and we're going to get something passed out of the House", said Mr McCaul.

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Images of children living in converted buildings near the border and tents being erected to house migrants have led to fierce political debate and comments from some unexpected quarters.

The moves by the government to separate families have been widely decried by medical professionals, the United Nations, and a wide swath of U.S. religious leaders.

"Those kids inside who have been separated from their parents are already being traumatized", said Democratic Sen.

US first lady Michelle Obama, right, and former USA first lady Laura Bush laugh as they participate in an African First Ladies Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July 2, 2013. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart", she wrote, later adding: "Americans pride ourselves on being a moral nation, on being the nation that sends humanitarian relief to places devastated by natural disasters or starvation or war.

Goodlatte somewhat dismissed the concerns of Bush and other opponents in his interview with NPR, noting that "those individuals don't have a vote in the House of Representatives".

The White House continued to insist Monday that Democrats are to blame for the administration/s forced separation of migrant children from their families at the southern US border, as outrage at the policy continued to build, including among some Republicans. And all five women oppose it to varying degrees.

A CNN poll released later Monday showed a similar stark trend: 67 percent of Americans disapproved of the Trump administration's policy, but 58 percent of Republicans approve of it.

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