Texan Congresswoman Sheila Lee told CNN she had been to the border and witnessed the "cries and screams of these little ones", as well as mothers saying they feared they would never see their children again.
As the immigration policy looms large in the national consciousness, border-state lawmakers are feeling the pressure from constituents who are outraged that children are being separated from their parents.
That lack of confidence and fear of retribution could make it significantly harder for Republicans to pass any politically risky immigration proposals ahead of the midterm elections in November.
Trump also repeated his claim that out-of-date laws are responsible for the separations of families, which are branded cruel and inhumane by politicians, religious leaders and immigration advocates.
The Department of Homeland Security reports that almost 2,000 children were sent to mass detention centers between April 19 and May 31.
In a speech Tuesday to small-business owners in Washington, Trump stood defiant amid intense criticism across the political spectrum about his administration's policy of separating children from their parents and other adults at the southern border with Mexico as they illegally enter the United States.
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Perhaps those precedents are why the White House went full steam ahead on the new zero-tolerance policy without first preparing for the entirely predictable escalation in family separations. "You can fix it yourself". "We've wrestled with this issue for a decade".
Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), a leading pro-immigration Republican, told TPM that House members were "still massaging" the legislative language to end family separation. "We're not the ones responsible for creating this problem", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. "We've inherited it". "We have a chance".
Trump said Tuesday that current law gives his administration only two options for handling people who cross the border illegally: "Totally open borders or criminal prosecution". Steve Kelly, a spokesperson for Toomey, told the Philly Voice that Toomey will "look forward" to reviewing the Keep Families Together Act, as well as some other Republican-sponsored legislation.
Federal officials say there are some methods parents can use to try to find their children: hotlines to call and an email address for those seeking information. A growing number of Republicans have pushed back, including Sen.
A group led by Senator Orrin Hatch wrote Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding a pause in separations, while Senator John Cornyn was drafting "emergency" legislation to allow families to remain intact while their cases are adjudicated. Maybe, the actual problem is that our immigration laws need real, significant reform.
The letter takes direct aim at Trump's argument that Congress is to blame for the separations.
The more conservative bill, moved by judiciary committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, would make it a criminal offence to overstay a visa in the United States; cut legal immigration by 25 per cent; and allow recipients of the now-cancelled Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - which covered some people who were brought to the US illegally as children - to remain in the United States on three-year renewable work visas. "Then after my auntie gets me to bring me home with her, my mom will come as soon as she can, to pick me up".
"There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense", Schumer said to reporters Tuesday. "Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border". The meeting in the photo actually occurred in January.