US first lady Melania Trump has spoken out against the detention of thousands of migrant children separated from their parents by American authorities at the US-Mexico border.
US officials said on Friday that nearly 2000 children were separated from adults at the border between mid-April and the end of May.
In a rare comment, Mrs Trump spoke against the Trump administration’s harsh policy, saying the US needs to be “a country that governs with heart”.
“Mrs Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” Mrs Trump’s communications director Stephanie Grisham said in a statement to CNN.
The policy has drawn condemnation from medical professionals, religious leaders and immigration activists, who warn that some children could suffer lasting psychological trauma.
“This is inhumane,” Mr O’Rourke told CNN. “I’d like to say it’s un-American, but it’s happening right now in America.”