"We do not separate breastfeeding children from their parents, that does not exist, that is not policy", the spokesperson said.
The president used a similar strategy past year as he sought to gain approval for his immigration demands by using the lure of protection for young immigrants brought to the United States as children.
Because the children are not charged with a crime, USA rules state that they can not be detained with their parents.
Tony Suarez, a Latino pastor who has informally advised Trump, tweeted, "God have mercy on those who seem so nonchalant to the plight of children being separated from their parents". "The family separation policy that Trump has weaponized is Un-American and inhumane", Alyssa Milano wrote.
Federal records show the number of criminal prosecutions for crossing the southwest border jumped to almost 8,300 in April of this year.
Jonathan Wilson, 33, of Scranton, Pa., holds a sign outside of a Lackawanna College where U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions spoke on immigration policy and law enforcement actions, Friday, June 15, 2018, in Scranton, Pa. Attendees who took part in listening to the speech cross the street at right. He has falsely claimed that Democrats are responsible for the practice.
Other high-profile Republican candidates avoided questions about the immigration plan altogether, highlighting the political sensitivity of the issue.
Mr Trump has blamed a law "Democrats gave us" for the policy, but it is unclear what law he is referring to. Kirstjen Nielsen, the current Homeland Security secretary, has clashed privately with Trump over the practice, sometimes inviting furious lectures from the president that have pushed her to the brink of resignation. "Thanks Matt", she said, without elaborating. "And so he went to a zero tolerance policy", Bannon said.
At one point during the White House briefing, a correspondent for Playboy magazine excoriated Sanders, asking her if as a mother of three she did not have any empathy for children being ripped apart from their parents.
The administration's critics are not buying that explanation. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat. The psychological trauma being inflicted on the children, and their parents, is undeniable.
A group of House Democrats converged on an immigration detention facility in New Jersey on Sunday, days before a planned vote by House Republicans next week. In the continuing quest to police immigration law, the administration romanticizes the power of the criminal justice system and offers nothing more than lip service to the people caught up in the push of poverty or violence in Latin America and the pull of a better future in the United States. "No matter what you did, somebody was going to be very angry at you".
"It is inconsistent with our American values to separate these children from their parents", Collins said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "I do remember looking at each other like, 'We're not going to do this, are we?' We spent five minutes thinking it through and concluded that it was a bad idea". "It is immoral and we must call him out". They said they're running out of room at their own facilities amid President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration.
These include "four pillars" the administration wants: guaranteed funding of $25 billion for a wall along the Mexican border; ending the Diversity Visa Program that now offers admission by lottery to 55,000 immigrants each year; and an end to the system of family-based immigration that distributes visas to the spouses, children and siblings of USA citizens.
The announcement comes amid a shift in U.S. policy that will now result in criminal charges being filed against persons caught crossing into the United States irregularly for the first time rather than a misdemeanour offence. The initiative yielded results and was soon expanded to more border sectors. Since children can not be jailed in federal prisons, they're placed in shelters that have long existed for unaccompanied immigrant children arriving on the border alone.