"The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their awful and cruel legislative agenda", Trump said on Twitter. After listing his demands in any immigration bill, he added "Go for it!"
Since Trump's inauguration, the administration has issued at least half a dozen orders and changes affecting immigrant children, many of them obscure revisions.
In fact, there is no law that requires families to be separated at the border.
The new figures are for people who tried to enter the USA between official border crossings.
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who delivered a prayer at Trump's inauguration, signed a letter calling the practice "horrible".
Since that controversy erupted, Trump has repeatedly used the term proudly.
First Lady Melania Trump is reportedly troubled by the division of families at the U.S. -Mexico border and wishes a bipartisan solution could be reached.
The Trump administration has faced waves of criticism as of late after the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that almost 2,000 children were separated from their parents between April 19 and May 31 of this year. The figure is the only one released by the goverment. "The thinking in the building is to force people to the table".
The separations stem from a deliberate policy shift by the Trump administration, which it has the power to unilaterally reverse. "I hate it. I hate to see separation of parents and children". It's that simple. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law.
House Republicans plan to vote next week on a pair of immigration bills, including one that would end the controversial practice of separating children from their mothers and fathers. The bill, co-written with U.S. Sen.
Some Republican immigration hard-liners, however, continue to hold out, saying they will not support any path to citizenship and do not support any accommodations to keep families together.
"I'm looking at both of them", Trump told Fox News.
In an election year in which Democrats appear to have an advantage on voter enthusiasm, Republicans can ill afford to alienate any voters this fall, particularly their most passionate supporters. "They never expected the bill to pass".
Reuters reported that around 13 percent of family separations in the 17-month period through February were because of alleged fraud.
In the USA asylum seekers have watched helplessly as their children have been taken away from them under Donald Trump's new zero tolerance immigration policy. Former President Barack Obama also grappled with the plight of undocumented child immigrants and detained them when they were unaccompanied by caregivers. Almost 60,000 children were placed in government-contracted shelters in the 2014 fiscal year.
The biblical underpinnings have been challenged by religious leaders. "No nation can have the policy that whole classes of people are immune from immigration law or enforcement", he said during an interview in his West Wing office last week.
Barletta said he has compassion for the children caught up in the immigration debate. The Democrats have to change their law.
Others have argued that the main benefit of the policy is deterrence.
Kraft said that the separation from their parents is inflicting serious damage to the children.
The immigration hard-liner was identified by the Times in May as being part of a "zero tolerance" sect of White House aides who have been intentionally "cruel".
"This must not be who we are as a nation", said Representative Jerrold Nadler, one of seven members of Congress from NY and New Jersey who met with five detainees inside the facility, including three who said they had young relatives removed from their care after seeking asylum at the border.
Van Hollen's participation is notable as he's in charge of Senate Democrats' midterm campaign committee.
"As a mother, as a Catholic, as someone with a conscience..." "These stories are horrifying", Harder said. "After banging on the door and making it clear that we WILL NOT MOVE until we're allowed in, ICE is finally granting us access to see individuals who have been separated from their families", tweeted Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who represents New York's 12th District.