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The recording, obtained by not-for-profit news organisation ProPublica, is reportedly of 10 Central American children who were separated from their parents at the United States border last week.

At one point, a border patrol agent can be heard saying "well, we have an orchestra here", over the distressed sobs.

She also said this of the little girl separated from her mom: "I know she's not an American citizen", the aunt, who is living in the United States, said. A consular official eventually helps her call her aunt after many distressed pleas.

"I go to court to tell the judges this under oath", Enriquez said.

"She says 'I promise I will be really good".

But The New York Post reported the six-year-old's aunt was unable to come and collect her because she and her daughter are in the middle of their own asylum case and were scared that picking her up would result in their own status being put in jeopardy. The children were mostly from El Salvador and Guatemala, both violence-plagued Central American countries.

The audio was recorded inside a US Customs and Border Protection detention facility and it was given to civil rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury by the whistleblower. But the audio published by ProPublica provides another dimension to the portrait of these unaccompanied minors, who have not been allowed to speak to journalists. That person "heard the children's weeping and crying, and was devastated by it".

The chaos erupted just one day after Trump signed an executive order to stop separating migrant children from their parents, though his administration insisted that all adult migrants who illegally crossed the border would still be prosecuted.

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There is no such law.

The audio surfaced as politicians and advocates flocked to the U.S. -Mexico border to visit U.S. immigration detention centers and turn up the pressure on the Trump administration.

The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to an on-the-record request for comment about the audio recording, although DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was asked during a briefing Monday about photos and documentation that have emerged in recent days showing some of the effects of the family separations.

Two people close to Nielsen said she was the driving force behind the turnabout that led to the new order keeping families together.

Four former first ladies - Rosalynn Carter, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton - have condemned the policy, and every Democratic senator has signed on to a bill to ban family separation at the border. The Attorney General shall, to the extent practicable, prioritize the adjudication of cases involving detained families. This may mean that immigration activists, speaking for families being held indefinitely by the government, could legally challenge the executive order.

Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of this Administration to rigorously enforce our immigration laws. "That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible", Sanders said.

The president on Monday took a hardline on the border crisis during an announcement of a Space Force.

"The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility", he declared.


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