Melania Trump says US should govern 'with heart'

First lady Melania Trump is wading into the emotional controversy over policies enacted by her husband's administration that have increased the number of migrant children being separated from their parents.

Posted: Jun 17, 2018 6:14 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the Trump administration and its policy to separate migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is wading into the emotional controversy over policies enacted by her husband's administration that have increased the number of migrant children being separated from their parents.

Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says the first lady believes "we need to be a country that follows all laws," but also one "that governs with heart."

She says that Mrs. Trump "hates to see children separated from their families" and hopes "both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform."

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.

Trump has tried to blame the practice on a law passed by Democrats that doesn't exist.

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10:40 a.m.

A top White House adviser is distancing the Trump administration from responsibility for a jump in the number of migrant children being separated from their parents by American authorities at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Kellyanne Conway tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that "nobody likes" pulling apart families.

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.

Conway rejects the idea that President Donald Trump is using the kids as leverage to get Democrats to negotiate on immigration and his border wall.

But she says, "If the Democrats are serious, they'll come together again and try to close these loopholes and get real immigration reform."

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6/17/2018 3:31:53 PM (GMT -5:00)

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