Conway: ‘As a mother, as a Catholic,’ no one likes migrant family separation policy

Conway: ‘As a mother, as a Catholic,’ no one likes migrant family separation policy
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White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump's 2020 campaign strategy is to be above the law Democrats ask OSC to review whether Kushner violated Hatch Act Democrats ask OSC to review whether Kushner violated Hatch Act MORE said Sunday “nobody likes” the Trump administration’s policy of separating families who cross the border illegally, but indicated President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE will not act unilaterally to change it. 

“As a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who’s got a conscience … I will tell you that nobody likes this policy,” Conway said on NBC’s “Meet the Press."

“Congress passed the law that it is a crime to enter this country illegally. So if they don’t like that law, they should change it,” she added. 

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Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSarah Sanders to leave White House Sarah Sanders to leave White House Barr compares his return to DOJ to D-Day invasion MORE announced earlier this year that the Justice Department would enact a "zero tolerance" policy and aggressively prosecute adults attempting to cross the U.S.–Mexico border illegally. At the time, Sessions acknowledged the process could lead to children being separated from their parents upon being apprehended.

Trump administration officials have repeatedly defended the policy, arguing that it acts as a deterrent against illegal immigration.

Democrats and Republicans, however, have spoken out against the practice.

Trump administration officials have argued that the policy is in place because Democrats won't agree to negotiate stricter immigration laws. Conway echoed that assertion on Sunday, claiming Democratic lawmakers are holding up funding that would allow the expansion of family detention centers.

The family separation policy needs to be part of a larger discussion about immigration laws, Conway said. She called on Congress to simultaneously address Trump’s border wall and the fate of the immigrants left in limbo after the president rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

“This is an issue, and if the Democrats are serious and a lot of the Republicans are serious they’ll come together, they won’t just talk about the Dreamers or the wall or catch and release, it’s all of the above,” Conway said.