"Just the president passive-aggressively fantasizing on camera about ordering the U.S. military to use violence against unarmed women and children", said MSNBC's Chris Hayes of the remarks.
The U.S. took the unprecedented action at the nation's busiest border crossing in San Diego in January in response to growing numbers of families fleeing poverty and gang violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
By the time Trump's policy was halted, thousands of children had been removed and placed in temporary accommodation, leading to harrowing images and reports of administrative chaos in which parents were later unable to find their children.
They also are looking at trying to curtail the remittances immigrants send back home, looking to erase some of the economic incentive that draws them to the US, the official told reporters Tuesday, laying out a sweeping agenda for acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, who is slated to start the job Wednesday.
Trump acknowledged Monday that child separation policies were effective, but that he was not considering reinstating them.
"The problems we face at our southern border will not be fixed with high-profile firings or tweets or press conferences", he said. The responsibility to care for those migrants while they are processed and screened has forced a massive redirection of Border Patrol agents and resources away from their usual responsibilities for border security.
This would give migrant parents awaiting immigration hearings a choice: agree for their child to be held separately, or be detained together, possibly indefinitely, until their court date.
Border patrol arrests, the most widely-used gauge of illegal crossings, have risen sharply over the past year but are relatively low in historical terms after hitting a 46-year low in 2017.
Mr. Rivlin said numerous ideas the White House is talking about are illegal. "They're coming like it's a picnic because let's go to Disneyland", Trump said.
"Many, many dead people", Trump said, referring to migrants who he said had died along the journey.
"The Trump administration did separate families". "As the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, I can't help but think about the time in the middle of the twentieth century when the USA used security concerns as an excuse to turn away thousands of refugees fleeing Europe", she said. Sen.
Trump said his proposed wall would help.
Miller was also behind withdrawal of the nomination of acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Ronald Vitiello to lead ICE-a move taken so that the White House could take the agency in a "tougher direction", Politico reported.
Some asylum-seekers affected by the program have told the immigration judge assigned to their cases how much more hard being in Mexico has made navigating the court system.