"There were a lot of suggestions behind the scenes...that there was some sort of contractual obligation," the ex-Trump official told Newsweek.
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Some commenters were critical of the mother, accusing her of being "so selfish," and urged her to "put your kids before your boyfriend."
"Seems to me your daughter may have overheard a negative conversation your ex had about her. If this is the case she may never get over it," one user said of the Reddit post.
"My son's father started demanding my son refer to his girlfriend as 'Mom,' referring to me as my child's biological mother."
Sometimes, when the children are not at home anymore, the cracks within the marriage begin to show.
A mother took to Mumsnet to seek support after her partner walked out on her and their toddler—but found the forum's response a little lacking.
"And he shouted at you as you were in labor cause his mommy couldn't be there? Wow. Just wow," commented one Reddit user.
"They aren't worthy of your forgiveness, especially since they clearly aren't sorry," a Redditor commented.
A government task force is facing immense challenges in reuniting more than 1,000 children who were separated from their families by the Trump administration.
Comments from the public will go to the Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families which will offer recommendations to President Joe Biden.
This policy was terminated in a memo issued by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. In the memo, Mayorkas said the MPP "does not adequately or sustainably enhance border management in such a way as to justify the program's extensive operational burdens and other shortfalls."
The White House and allies have recently embraced a strategy to push for reforms by highlighting popular planks of an immigration agenda that has been stalled for months.
"We're trying like hell to figure out what happened," the president said during an interview with NBC News' "Today."
Religious conservatives and law-enforcement officers who were uncomfortable with family separations may be open to immigration reform.
"Every time the van stopped to pick up another deportee, I was sure someone would come on board, point at me and say, 'Not that guy—he's a veteran.'"
Court filings by the ACLU show that 545 migrant children have still not been reunited with their parents.
"It's a sobering realization to note that this is something that is clearly a violation of international human rights law and it's happening in the United States," said Dr. Ranit Mishori.
"The full United States government has been focused on this issue, starting with the president," Ivanka Trump said.
An email dated to September 2016 further warned that the best thing that could happen was for family separations to cease.
The Trump administration's separation of babies, toddlers, children and teens is far from over and remains a moral stain on our country.
The Star Trek actor and political activist told Late Night with Seth Meyers there were parallels with what is happening on the U.S. border with his experience in World War Two.
"Again, I don't know the background of what her grandmother or relatives were," CBP Chief of Law Enforcement Operations Brian S. Hastings said.
"I hesitated a minute before I started yelling because I actually think about getting up and throwing that man a beating right there in the middle of the room," Thomas Homan said.
The Honduran boy was only eight months old when he arrived in the U.S. with his father in May 2018.
"It turns out we have more than enough (supporters) to keep us cooking," Red Hen co-owner Stephanie Wilkinson wrote.
"There are moms out there who will not get to experience this day...Mothers who don't know if they will ever get to see their children again," said activist Meena Harris.
"We want the families that are in detention and who have been separated to know we haven't forgotten them," said Jess Morales Rocketto, who chairs the immigration advocacy group Families Belong Together.
"These aren't demons, these aren't people that are monsters," Teigen said of immigrants.
"I don't know if he's had that conversation or not," a White House spokesman said of restarting family separations.