Donald Trump addresses controversial immigration policy

A girl cries as she's separated from her mother.
A girl cries as she's separated from her mother. Photo credit: Getty

US President Donald Trump has addressed his controversial immigration policy, doubling down on the idea.

Backlash is mounting at the detention of children at the US border - with some comparing it to concentration camps.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejects the idea, arguing Nazis were keeping the Jews from leaving the country. 

But while addressing a business forum a short time ago, Mr Trump blamed illegal immigration on the media.

"They are helping these smugglers and these traffickers like nobody would believe, they know it, they know exactly what they're doing," he said.

"What's going on is very unfair to the people of our country"

A group of more than 70 former attorneys also want the policy overturned, calling it appalling.

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