In reversal, Baker says he won’t send Mass. National Guard to Mexican border, citing ‘cruel and inhumane’ separation policy

In this photo provided by US Customs and Border Protection, people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, sat in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, on Sunday.

US Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP

Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, called the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their families “cruel and inhumane.”

// Trump defends harsh immigration policies, says the US won’t become a ‘migrant camp’

“The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” President Trump said Monday. “Not on my watch.”

// Here’s what you need to know about children being separated from their parents

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their parents during six weeks in April and May.

// Here’s how Homeland Security’s Kirstjen Nielsen defended the controversial separation immigration policy

A cool, calm, and collected head of Homeland Security fired back at reporters who questioned the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents.

// Majority of US voters oppose separating parents from their children, poll says

A majority of American voters oppose the policy of separating children and parents when families illegally cross the US-Mexico border.


// Laura Bush and Melania Trump break through the madness on immigration policy

Two mothers became the voice of reason over children being torn from their parent’s arms and sent to mass detention centers.

US Vice President Mike Pence (R) watches as US President Donald Trump (2R) shakes the hand of NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine after signing a directive about space during the National Space Council meeting in the East Room of the White House on June 18, 2018 in Washington,DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Trump tells Pentagon to create a new military branch in outer space

President Trump promised the US will “be the leader by far” in space, and said he directed the Pentagon to create the “Space Force” as an independent service branch.

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From Reese Witherspoon to Willie Nelson, the list of celebrities upset by the US border policy just keeps growing

A long list of celebrities are trying to use their clout to help end the administration’s policy of separating families at border crossings.

Trump says he wants a ‘third option’ on immigration to keep detained families together

A new ‘‘zero tolerance’’ policy from the Trump administration has led to a spike in children being separated from their parents at the border as they seek entry.


Zero tolerance? Only for those who support cruel separations in America’s name

Anyone who can’t grasp the ghoulishness and abhorrence of this so-called zero-tolerance immigration policy seems at this point to be unreachable.


Falsehoods. Obfuscation. Spin. Nothing the White House tries quiets outcry over migrant kids

Accused of inhumane actions, the president and his team have cycled through myriad explanations for the disturbing sights and sounds from the southern border.

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