US first lady Melania Trump also joined the debate saying in a rare public statement that she "hates to see children separated from their families" and hoped lawmakers from both sides can agree on immigration reform.
Around 30,000 people are detained in the UK every year. Many of these detainees are asylum seekers and victims of torture, trafficking and sexual abuse. They now face fresh trauma in detention centres.
The Australian government needs to be held to account for its shameful treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. The government's policies fly in the face of the core values that underpin Australian society and history.
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