Immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under a new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration, are being housed in tents next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, U.S. June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Decrying "internment camps," Democrats and their supporters disrupted a high-profile U.S. congressional hearing Tuesday with a dramatic protest against the Trump administration's policy of detaining immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.The family separations at the southern U.S. border, highlighted by videos of youngsters detained in cages and an audiotape of wailing children, have sparked an outcry at home and strong condemnation abroad.Congressman Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, broke from his prepared remarks at Tuesday's hearing to blast what he called a policy of putting children into "internment camps," and called on Republicans to stand up against the president.Trump planned to meet with Republican lawmakers before votes expected this week on immigration legislation. The president has sought to link an end to the family separations to the passage of a wider bill on immigration, prompting Democrats to accuse him of using children as hostages.
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