On Thursday, divided congressional Republicans failed to pass one immigration reform Bill, and a second proposal that includes language ending family separations was put off until next week. "The Democrats don't want border security, the Democrats are okay with crime - but we're not okay with it".
In McAllen, the visiting lawmakers said they believed border agents were handling the situation as well as could be expected at the facility for immigrants recently apprehended along the border. Parents were jailed and children taken to government-contracted shelters.
It was unclear if Trump was advocating an expansion of the provision that allows expedited removals of illegal immigrants at or near the US border, a policy his administration has embraced since he took office.
President Donald Trump said on Sunday that people who enter the United States illegally should be sent back immediately to where they came from without any judicial process, likening them to invaders who are trying to "break into" the country.
"It's very hard to reunite children with their parents because these government agencies were not prepared, and they're not designed, for family separation", said Efren Olivares, a lawyer with the Texas Civil Rights Project that represents 381 migrant parents.
Thursday, Republican leaders in the House rescheduled a vote on the more moderate version of two immigration bills after they rejected the more conservative variant.
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The Trump administration has attempted to quell national outrage about the thousands of parents and children who have recently been forcibly separated at the southern border, but protesters across the country aren't letting up the pressure anytime soon.
More than 2,300 children were taken from their families in recent weeks under a Trump administration "zero tolerance" policy in which people entering the USA illegally face being prosecuted. "I'm not gonna be able to tell them right then and there, 'Don't worry, we'll find your little boy, we'll find your little girl.' I have to tell them honestly I don't know if and when we're going to find them".
"We can pass this legislation after the Red Wave", Trump tweeted.
Instead, Trump has blamed the Democrats for refusing to acquiesce to his demands on immigration. They totally rely on us, which is fine with me.
But the central piece of Trump's attempts to counter-program against the despairing images at the border was to stand with the "angel families", as he did repeatedly during his presidential campaign, including at the 2016 Republican National Convention. You created this #DACA crisis & asked Congress to "do your job" & pass a bill. 2.
The US Navy is drafting plans to house up to 25,000 immigrants on its bases and other facilities, at an estimated cost to taxpayers of about $233 million over six months, a US official said on Friday. This comes as a result of the White House's "zero tolerance" policy toward illegal border crossings. "We need consistency and compassion out of this administration", she said.
"What is happening in this country is disgusting", said Bilbao, who worked as a cleaning woman before becoming a legal resident and now works for an immigrant rights group.