Another group of lawmakers on Sunday visited an old warehouse in McAllen, Texas, where hundreds of children are being held in cages created by metal fencing. Some of these kids have ended up in separate detention facilities far from their parents. "It doesn't matter whether the floor is swept and the bedsheets tucked in tight".
"I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our global boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel", she wrote. Bush likened the policy to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
"This is a particularly cruel policy, where frightened children are being ripped from their parent's arms and taken to overflowing detention centres, which are effectively cages", she said. Migrant advocates announced they would rally outside the federal courthouse in Phoenix on Monday afternoon to protest the policy.
Unlike Trump, however, previous administrations, including that of Obama, did not have a policy of separating almost all families at the border. "Not on my watch".
Though controversy has dominated Trump's presidency, the growing furor over the separations struck a deeply emotional chord in both parties that may not calm anytime soon - even in districts that don't have large immigrant or Hispanic populations.
Children of immigrant families are reportedly being kept in such facilites.
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Both would provide legal status to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, make sweeping changes to legal immigration, and boost US border security. Agents did not allow reporters to interview detainees or take photos.
At one point a Border Patrol agent can be heard making a joke in Spanish about the detained children, saying, "Well, we have an orchestra here", he jokes. The overhead lighting in the warehouse stays on around the clock.
"Border security and immigration enforcement are complex topics". She added, "These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in USA history".
Carter led a delegation to Thailand in 1979 for a firsthand look at the plight of Cambodian and Laotian refugees, recalling today the "trauma of parents and children separated by circumstances beyond their control".
He ties that racist language to his detention of thousands of children and family separation policy.
"The government should be in the business of keeping families together, not tearing them apart", Harris, a rising star in the Democratic Party, said in a statement.
"It so challenges the conscience of our country that it must be changed and must be changed immediately", she said during a news conference at a San Diego terminal that is connected to the airport in Tijuana, Mexico, by a bridge.