ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump's immigration policies have come under intense scrutiny because of the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. Democrats and some Republicans are urging an end to the practice at the U.S.-Mexico border. A look at the latest developments:
TRUMP HEADING TO HILL
Trump is planning to meet with House Republicans Tuesday to discuss legislation, even as lawmakers in both parties complain about the administration's "zero tolerance" approach to illegal border crossings, in particular the separation of families at the southern border .
Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May.
Democrats are demanding that the administration do something to keep migrant families together. Republicans are increasingly joining Democrats in that call.
ATTORNEYS GENERAL DEMAND END TO POLICY
A coalition of Democratic attorneys general demanded Tuesday that the administration end the policy.
Led by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, 21 top state prosecutors from California to Massachusetts sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday, calling the policy inhumane and draconian.
The letter raises concerns about the violation of children's rights and constitutional principles of due process and equal protection.
The Justice Department "is ignoring its legal and moral obligation for the sake of a political agenda at the expense of children and the efforts of state law enforcement officials combating crimes like human trafficking, drug trafficking and gang violence which operate across international borders," Balderas said in a statement.
MOTHER DESCRIBES SEPARATION FROM 8-YEAR-OLD SON
A Salvadoran mother says she hasn't spoken to her 8-year-old son in a month, since immigration officials separated them after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum.
Blanca Orantes-Lopez is being detained at a federal prison south of Seattle while she pursues her asylum claim. She doesn't know when she'll see her son again. He's being kept nearly across the country in upstate New York.
She told her story to The Associated Press in a phone interview from the prison. It's emblematic of about 2,000 other cases in which President Donald Trump's administration has separated children from their parents amid a crackdown on illegal immigration.
She says that when officials took her son away, he cried, "Don't leave me, Mom."
AUDIO CAPTURES CHILDREN CRYING FOR PARENTS
A recording that appears to capture the sounds of Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a U.S. immigration facility added fresh fuel to the debate over the policy of separating families.
"Papa! Papa!" one child is heard weeping in the recording that was first reported by the nonprofit ProPublica and provided to The Associated Press.
At the border, an estimated 80 people pleaded guilty Monday to immigration charges, including some who asked the judge questions such as "What's going to happen to my daughter?" and "What will happen to my son?"
IMAGES COULD RUFFLE MIDTERMS
Wrenching images of migrant children being separated from their parents and held in wire cages in detention centers at the southern border are roiling campaigns ahead of midterm elections.
Democrats have become emboldened by the issue, and an increasing number of Republicans are breaking from Trump on a matter that animates the GOP's most ardent supporters.
With control of the House — and potentially the Senate — up for grabs, the searing images have the potential to scramble midterm politics.
MEDIA DISCORD OVER CHILD DETENTIONS
News reports have increasingly focused on the border story since Monday, with most — but not all — outlets roundly criticizing the treatment of children in immigrant detention centers.
After The Associated Press wrote that "hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing ," Breitbart News produced an article objecting to use of the word "cages." Fox News Channel's Steve Doocy said the government had "built walls out of chain-link fences."
Sally Buzbee, the AP's executive editor, says the AP is comfortable with the description.
See AP's complete coverage of the debate over the Trump administration's policy of family separation at the border: https://apnews.com/tag/Immigration .