Almost 4600 mental health professionals and 90 organisations have joined a petition urging US President Donald Trump, Attorney-General Jeff Sessions and several elected officials to stop the policy of separating children from their parents.
President Trump has repeatedly tried to blame Democrats for a situation that has sparked fury and a national debate over the moral implications of his hard-line approach to immigration enforcement. Pope Francis posted a tweet last week that some interpreted as referring to the new US practice of placing migrant children in centers separate from their parents.
Almost 2,000 migrant children - 1,995 - were separated from 1,940 adults between April 19 and May 31, after being caught illegally crossing the border, a Department of Homeland Security official told reporters during a conference call Friday.
Bannon decried the mainstream media's focus on immigrant children while ignoring Americans who have been victimized by illegal immigrant crime.
First Lady Melania Trump issued a statement on the separation of children from parents at the U.S. -Mexico border, calling on "both sides of the aisle" to work together on immigration reform in a statement that does not directly address her husband, President Donald Trump.
The statement was issued on Father's Day.
Bannon departed from the White House after a series of internal clashes and returned to his former perch at Breitbart News - only to resign after blowback from his support of controversial Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in an Alabama special election.
Representative Michael McCaul, who helped write the conservative version with Representative Bob Goodlatte, said he had spoken to Mr Trump on Saturday and that the president "is fully committed to both of these bills". Thus, since they are taken into custody as potential criminals, their children are not allowed to stay with them. The Democrats forced that law upon our nation'.
Collins took several days to study the issue before announcing her position Sunday morning on the separation policy that has been widely criticized in the past weeks by church groups, politicians and children's advocates.
The girl had been taken from her mother the night before and brought to this shelter that had been redecorated for children under age 12, Kraft said staffers told her.
Several Democrats, including some who are seen as 2020 presidential candidates, travelled to McAllen in the Rio Grande Valley area in Texas on Sunday to meet with USA border authorities and tour a former Walmart Inc. store that's been converted into a detention centre for almost 1,500 immigrant boys. Previous administrations made exceptions to such prosecutions for adults traveling with minor children, but the Trump administration has said it will not do so.
"They're willing to risk harm to a child being traumatized, separated from a parent and sitting in federal detention by themselves, in order to reach a larger policy goal of deterrence", said Jennifer Podkul, director of policy at Kids in Need of Defence, which represents children in immigration court.
"As a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who has got a conscience, and wouldn't say the junk that somebody said, apparently, allegedly, I will tell you that nobody likes this policy", Kellyanne Conway, the White House counselor, said on "Meet the Press" on NBC. This is why we need more Republicans elected in November.
"You saw the president (say) on camera that he wants this to end", she added.