Clinton blasts Trump immigration policy separating kids from parents: ‘We have to act'

Clinton blasts Trump immigration policy separating kids from parents: ‘We have to act'
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDHS secretary: No sign Russia targeting midterm elections at 2016 level Twitter suspends Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks accounts after indictments Elon Musk donated nearly K to Republican PAC, filings show MORE blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE for his administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents, calling on those who feel “helpless” to act.

Clinton said that more than 700 kids have been separated from their parents between October 2017 and April 2018.

“As a mother and a grandmother, it’s devastating to even imagine,” she wrote.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsConservatives moving to impeach Rosenstein soon: report Senators urge DOJ to probe whether Russians posed as Islamic extremist hackers to harass US military families The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies for Putin summit: 'He’s not my enemy’ MORE announced in April that he would implement a zero tolerance policy for immigrants illegally crossing through the Southwest border.

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Parents are now prosecuted immediately and separated from their children while the charges are being processed through the department of Homeland Security.

Trump officials said would deter migrants from making the trip.

"If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple,” Sessions said last month at a press conference at the U.S.-Mexico border. “If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you. And that child may be separated from you, as required by law."

Clinton called it an “absolute disgrace.”

Clinton called on people who were also “feeling helpless” to help by supporting groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, Women Belong, United We Dream and more.

Democratic lawmakers have been pressing the administration to end the practice, warning it is “unnecessarily inflicting trauma” on young children.

Trump, however, blamed Democrats for his administration’s policy in a tweet on Saturday.