Ivanka Trump Asks Father to End Child Separation Policy

President Donald Trump told House Republicans in a closed-door meeting on immigration policy that his daughter, White House adviser Ivanka Trump, had asked him to end a policy of separating undocumented migrants from their children at the border.

“She has been apparently very affected by this and moved, and asked him to find a way to stop this practice,” Florida Representative Carlos Curbelo told The Daily Beast Tuesday. “He said that he agrees that this should end, but he believes that it should end with a legislative fix.”

GettyImages-974396144 Senior adviser Ivanka Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein arrive at the White House on June 14. Trump had been criticized for not speaking out against the separation of migrant children from their parents at the border. Getty Images

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley confirmed to CNN that Ivanka Trump had met with her father Tuesday to discuss the “zero tolerance” policy, which has seen thousands of migrant children held in detention centers after they were separated from their parents.

"She offered the president her support and she said she would talk to any member of Congress to help find a legislative solution to the issue," Gidley said.

Ivanka Trump, who has campaigned on family and women’s rights issues in her role as an adviser to her father, has been criticized for not speaking out against the administration’s treatment of migrant children. 

“Where is Ivanka in all of this?” asked Meaghan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain and the host of The View.

“Because she’s all for women and mothers and she has a White House role,” McCain continued. “And I’m sort of interested that her whole platform has been women and mothers, and she doesn’t seem to have anything to say about this.”

Ivanka Trump was criticized last month after she shared a photograph of her with her son amid reports of child separations at the border.

The Republican-controlled House is currently considering two immigration bills, one conservative, written by House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, and the other more moderate. Both would deal with the child separation issue, and are endorsed by the White House.

The  "compromise" bill, designed to appeal to more moderate House Republicans, would provide legal protections for undocumented immigrants who had entered the U.S. as children, the  Dreamers, and extra funding for security measures at the U.S.-Mexican border.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate are also introducing standalone bills addressing the family separation issue. 

20180620_Child_Separation_Migrants In an attempt to discourage illegal migration, the Trump administration is prosecuting adults immediately after they are picked up by law enforcement. This goes along with separating children from parents. According to a recent poll by Quinnipiac University, most American voters are against such drastic measures. Statista

This article was updated with data from Statista.

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