"These are crippling loopholes that cause family separation, which we don't want", he said in remarks to the National Federation of Independent Business, adding he wanted Congress to give him the legal authority to detain and deport families together. Concretely, this means that no child may be separated except upon a judge's order, if a child welfare expert determines that the child is being abused or neglected, or if the CBP officer in charge determines that the child is at risk of trafficking or abuse.
On Tuesday, he said Democrats are the problem.
Trump also argued that Democrats support illegal immigration because they view immigrants as "potential voters".
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.
She added the United States government "should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso". Republicans are increasingly joining Democrats in that call. That line has been echoed by others in the administration, including Trump, who has falsely blamed a law passed by Democrats for the "zero tolerance" approach to prosecutions of families crossing the border. Earlier in the day, he issued a series of tweets and claimed that crime has risen in Germany as a result of migration. But Trump reiterated the accusation on Tuesday.
"If the policy is not changed, I will support other means to stop the unnecessary separation of children from their parents", Stivers, from a suburban district in OH, wrote on Facebook. She says, "We want to fix the whole thing, we don't want to tinker with just part of it".
At the same time, the President appeared to suggest the practice could act as a deterrent for future migrants considering entering the USA with their children.
"We are not that kind of country". "Someday they're going to vote for Democrats", he said.
"She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws but also a country that governs with heart".
But Trump has defended his policy by tweeting: "If you don't have Borders, you don't have a Country!". The figures are for people who tried to enter the USA between official border crossings. "Maybe it's politically correct or maybe it's not".
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says she hasn't heard newly released audio of crying children who have been separated from their families at the U.S. -Mexico border.
The separations are a effect of a Trump administration policy to maximize criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the US illegally. Their children are then classified as "unaccompanied minors" and are transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement.
A young boy can be heard crying, repeatedly crying for his "Papa".
He's not the only one suggesting legislative changes. "We have one chance to get it right".
Cruz said his bill would build temporary shelters where immigrant families could stay together in cases where there was no threat to the children's safety, double the number of federal immigration judges and speed handling of asylum applications.
The hour long meeting will likely be tense, as each faction of Republicans try to convince Trump that their plan is best. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime.
As the outcry over the almost 2,000 child separations caused as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on illegal border crossings grows, President Donald Trump doubled down on Monday down on his controversial policies and blamed them on Democrats.