Mr Trump has made opposition to immigration a focal point of his presidency. He has falsely claimed that Democrats are responsible for the practice. Some wait days or weeks for a chance to speak with USA authorities.
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who delivered a prayer at Trump's inauguration, signed a letter calling the practice "horrible". First lady Melania Trump, in a rare foray into policy matters, said Sunday though a spokeswoman that the US must be a country that "governs with heart". The figure is the only one released by the goverment.
What became clear earlier this year is that these are not outliers involving a small number of over-zealous border agents; they are the direct and deliberate product of official USA government policy. But he suggested the administration had no choice, asserting that "the Democrats forced that law upon our nation". They argued that children fleeing violence and persecution in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras will continue to come to the United States and remain in government custody longer, costing taxpayers more money.
The compromise House Republican bill reportedly would provide $25 billion for a border wall, and detail a process giving young undocumented immigrants permanent residency and a pathway to citizenship. Since then, the administration has been steadily eroding protections for immigrant children and families.
"This is Trump's first [re-election]", Bannon told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on "This Week" Sunday. "Families are the foundational element of our society and they must be able to stay together".
McCaul, R-Texas, said both bills satisfy Trump's main objectives. "They never expected the bill to pass". Evangelist and staunch Trump supporter Franklin Graham has also called family separation "disgraceful".
Reuters reported that around 13 percent of family separations in the 17-month period through February were because of alleged fraud. "Hell no, they're going to come back looking for their kids".
"Wow. Just wow. Sessions uses the same bible passage that was used to justify slavery to try to defend his "zero-tolerance" policy of ripping children away from their mothers". Those migrants had avoided detention during the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
For now, Congress' inaction is leading to thousands of children being ripped away from their parents.
Sessions announced the effort April 6, and Homeland Security began stepping up referrals in early May, effectively putting the policy into action.
The biblical underpinnings have been challenged by religious leaders. 'The children can be taken care of quickly, beautifully and immediately.
Separating children from parents was a policy shift by the Trump administration to exert leverage with Democrats blocking the president's four-pillar immigration plan, which would restrict legal immigration.
Some senior officials think Democrats will be pressured by the policy to cut an immigration deal.
"I hope to produce the outrage and the public pressure to force those in power to do the right thing", he said.
The practice of separating children from their parents at border crossing is the result of a "zero tolerance" policy announced in April by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "What is more risky to a minor, the 4,000 mile journey to America, or the short-term detention of their parents?" "I hate it. I hate to see separation of parents and children".
Meanwhile, Republican members of Congress are spooked enough by the bad publicity that they inserted into their latest hard-line immigration bill - which is supposed to get a vote next week - a provision allowing children to be detained with their parents.
Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, who is challenging Sen. The video had been viewed 40,000 times by Friday.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told CNN in May that impeachment is "divisive" and "not. a policy agenda". "These stories are horrifying", Harder said.