In a rare intervention the first lady's spokeswoman said she wanted Republicans and Democrats to work together to achieve "successful immigration reform".
She added, "Let me just tell you that nobody likes seeing babies ripped from their mother's arms, from their mother's wombs, frankly, but we have to make sure that DHS's laws are understood through the sound byte culture we live in".
Almost 4,600 mental health professionals and 90 organizations have joined a petition urging President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and several elected officials to stop the policy of separating children from their parents.
"The only thing worse than the nauseating cruelty of President Trump's immigration policy - captured perfectly by the agonizing stories of young children forcefully being separated from their parents at the border - is the craven dishonesty with which he attempts to sell it to the American people".
"I certainly don't want anybody to use these kids as leverage", she said on NBC's Meet The Press.
This post has been updated. "And so he went to a zero tolerance policy", Bannon said.
"It is critical that Congress fully understands how our nation's laws are being implemented on the ground, especially when the well-being of young children is at stake", they wrote.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders cited the Bible to defend a border policy that has separated children from their parents.
A large number of upsetting images and details about some of the immigrant children have caused a huge backlash from the public and although Donald's administration is the one who enforced the policy change, he continues to blame the Democrats. Since children can't be detained in jails alongside their parents, they are snatched away and sent to detention centers.
The detention of children apart from their parents is a result of the policy mandated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and there is no law that requires family separation.
Children can not be jailed in federal prisons so they are placed in shelters that have long existed for unaccompanied immigrant children arriving on the border alone.
Trump administration officials have repeatedly defended the policy of separating kids and adults, arguing that it acts as a deterrent against illegal immigration.
Brane says that may also discourage children from giving all the information that they are aware of to the social workers and the employees who are trying to reunify them.
More on the children: "Just be a dad", Rep. Luis Gutierrez urged Trump on CNN regarding the separation policy, per the Hill. "They are the ones who broke the law, they are the ones who endangered their own children on their trek".
One of the Republican immigration bills, a hard-line effort led by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (Va.), is not expected to garner enough support to pass the chamber.
In a statement issued by her office, the first lady expressed empathy for affected families, saying the country should be governed "with a heart", but did not directly take issue with President Donald Trump's policy.
Kelly, Trump's former head of Department of Homeland Security, told NPR last month the policy is one "no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long".
Discussions began nearly immediately after Trump took office about vastly expanding Operation Streamline, with nearly none of those limitations.
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives will introduce legislation this week aimed at stopping separations, mirroring a similar Senate bill sponsored by Democrat Dianne Feinstein.
"The side effect of zero tolerance is that fewer people will come up illegally, and fewer minors would be put in danger", said a third senior administration official. Bannon said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.
Despite the family separation issue being a decision made by the Trump administration, officials have falsely sought to cast it as a Democrat-created dilemma. Her "Be Best" platform, unveiled in May, is dedicated to children's well-being.