Trump highlights victims of migrants amid family separations row

U.S. President Trump hosts a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington

Trump made the remarks in an auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House, where he presided over an event with so-called "Angel Families", those who have had relatives killed by people who entered the country illegally.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has three family detention facilities that can house up to 3,300 people- a 100-bed center opened in Pennsylvania in 2001 and two much larger facilities opened in Texas in 2014.

Also Friday, a group of almost a dozen independent human rights experts commissioned by the United Nations said the new US policy "may lead to indefinite detention of entire families in violation of global human rights standards".

Wendy Batterson, one of the leaders of San Diego Indivisible, was the first among a roster of speakers that included Democratic congressional members, a teacher, a pediatric nurse and an Iranian refugee.

Colyer spokesman Kendall Marr said the state "does not manage or have control over" The Villages' contract but can inspect its homes to ensure that they meet state standards.

But the comment echoes those of many of his supporters at his MAGA rally in Minnesota on Wednesday, who told reporters they believed the images and audio had been faked to make Trump look bad. About 9,000 such family units have been caught in each of the last three months, according to United States border authorities. The more constrained the Homeland Security Department is in detaining families together during immigration proceedings, "the more likely it is that families will attempt illegal border crossing".

"They don't want to discuss, they don't want to hear, they don't want to see", Trump said.

Trump reversed the policy with an executive order this week, but confusion about how it will be implemented, and how quickly the government could switch gears, has left the issue unsettled. "But 89 percent of those who "strongly disapprove" of the job the president is doing say the administration is too aggressive".

A surge of more children is expected in the coming weeks.

This had all the hallmarks of a typical Trump-demonizes-immigrants event, including the president repeating the outright lie that illegal immigrants commit more crimes than Americans.

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"We're gathered today to hear from the American victims of illegal immigration", he said.

U.S. officials told CBS News most children separated from their families by U.S. Customs and Border Protection would be reunited by the end of the day Friday. "This is a very unfair situation".

She has been reaching out to the parents at a detention facility in Port Isabel, Texas, to collect information about their cases and their children.

The incident occurred amid an uproar over the Trump administration's practice of separating immigrant families caught on the southwest border.

"We weren't lucky enough to be separated for five days or 10 days; we're separated permanently", said Laura Wilkerson, whose son Josh was killed in 2010.

President says media are ignoring the pain and suffering of "Angel Families" and human toll of illegal immigration pledges action.

Goodwin said she has been inundated with requests from the parents, and the list is still growing.

"It is, for all intents and purposes, a prison", said Rep. Jackie Speier, of California.

Following intense domestic and global condemnation, Trump on Wednesday signed an order ending his administration's practice of separation of children from their families while parents were being prosecuted for crossing the border illegally.

A group of about 20 democrats from Congress also toured the facility in McAllen, comparing the detention facilities to prisons and questioned the mental health of the children.

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