Friday in a new conference, the DHS said, "Advocates want us to ignore the law and to give families a free pass".
Bannon, who left the White House in August, said he didn't think Trump was "going to back off from" the separations. Melania choosing to publicly speak out about her stance on the case is surprising considering this is the first time she has expressed that she disagrees with a policy brought on by her husband's administration.
That's roughly 45 kids per day being placed in child immigrant detention centers.
But a backlash is mounting, fuelled by reports of children being taken from mothers and distraught toddlers and young children asking, through tears, when they can see their parents.
Reportedly, 1,995 children were separated from their guardians between 19 April and 31 May. Picture: AAPThese people are being detained in McAllen in Texas.
Several White House officials have defended the US stance on illegal border crossings.
Nielsen said on Sunday that the administration does not have a policy of separating families.
"He went to a zero-tolerance policy", Bannon said on ABC's "This Week".
"I'd like to say it's un-American, but it's happening right now in America".
"It's completely unacceptable under any moral code or under any religious tradition to injure children, inflict trauma on them in order to send some political message to adults somewhere overseas", he said.
Trump administration officials have argued that the policy is in place because Democrats won't agree to negotiate stricter immigration laws.
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People have been detained and referred for criminal prosecution, but USA rules state that children are not allowed to be held with their parents because they have not been charged with a crime. They won't just talk about just this week, just the Dreamers, or just the wall, or just catch and release.
The Trump administration's decision to separate children from their families as a way to curb illegal immigration is adding fuel to an already fiery debate over immigration. Government officials have said minors shouldn't be housed with adults in criminal holding facilities and that such a policy also should deter border crossings, even from those seeking asylum.
"Stop lying to the American people".
Health and Human Services blames Congress, saying its inability to pass legislation on border security "created perverse and unsafe incentives for illegal border crossings and child smuggling". Apply to enter lawfully.
Nielsen's second tweet - specifically saying "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border". The legislation wouldn't explicitly forbid the incarceration of children alongside their parents. U.S. protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are. Mr Trump has derided that practice as "catch and release", arguing that numerous immigrants never appear for court proceedings. Almost 60,000 children were placed in government-contracted shelters in the 2014 fiscal year.
They chanted "Families united!" and "Free our children now!", reported NPR.
Bracing for more child arrivals, the government plans to build camps at military bases in Texas.
In May 2014, the average length of stay for children in custody was 35 days.
"While not all of the children we are ripping from their parents will suffer the full consequences of toxic stress, many may", child psychologist Megan Gunnar of the University of Minnesota told BuzzFeed News. Imagine not being able to pick up a child who is not yet out of diapers.
Demonstrators gather outside the Massachusetts State House in Boston to protest against the Trump administration policy.
Trump's wife, who seldom wades into the political arena, opted to call for bipartisan immigration reform to fix the issue, rather than denounce the policy.
"Look six months out from now", he said.