What is this zero tolerance policy?
A recent Quinnipiac University poll shows that two-thirds of Americans oppose the family separation policy.
The decree does not mandate separation of parents and children, however.
The person providing the information on the proposal was not authorized to do so by name and commented only on condition of anonymity.
President Donald Trump arrived at Capitol Hill for a Tuesday evening meeting with House of Representatives Republicans to discuss their immigration legislation. But Trump reiterated the accusation on Tuesday.
The Feinstein bill, called the "Keep Families Together Act" and co-signed by 31 of her Democratic caucus colleagues, allows the separation of children "only in the event they are being trafficked or abused by their parents". "This is the only solution to the border crisis".
In the recording, young children can be heard calling out for their parents in Spanish while crying.
The issue boiled over Tuesday at a House hearing on an unrelated subject when protesters with babies briefly shut down proceedings.
"Democrats are the problem".
"We want to end the border crisis by finally giving us the legal authorities and the resources to detain and remove illegal immigrant families altogether", Trump said Tuesday, "and bring them back to their country".
Ted Cruz was introducing legislation to end the practice at the USA border with Mexico and keep illegal immigrant families intact.
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Several House Republicans face tough re-election fights in November, and some may worry that public outrage over the family separations could hurt their chances.
Separated children make up a minority of immigrant minors in USA custody.
Democrats have seized on the family separation issue.
"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility", he declared.
In the Senate, Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who ran unsuccessfully against Trump in 2016 for their party's presidential nomination, said he would introduce legislation this week to halt family separations.
Since children can not be sent to the facilities where their parents are held, they are separated from them. Both were drafted with no input from Democrats.
One House Republican in a swing district, Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado, said he's willing to endorse the Feinstein bill if that's what it takes.
From afar, ailing Sen. "The administration's current family separation policy is an affront to the decency of the American people, and contrary to principles and values upon which our nation was founded". The family border policies were set by his administration. "It should do so now".
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced yesterday that he was introducing emergency legislation meant to keep immigrant families together. Kansas GOP Sen. Pat Roberts said he is "against using parental separation as a deterrent to illegal immigration". "No more free passes, no more get-out-of-jail-free cards". "There are these numbers - numbers that sound scary but really aren't was bad as they sound - and talk about "Donald J. Trump said this" and that and so on and so forth".
America's top law official told Fox News the "zero tolerance" policy was about enforcing border security.
The Trump administration separated 2,342 children from 2,206 parents along the US-Mexico border between May 5 and June 9.