How can parents contact their children? A CNN-SSRS poll revealed that even among those who approve of the job Trump is doing as President, a quarter disapprove of the policy. The Trump administration is now fighting a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union that would require families to be reunited after they are separated during criminal proceedings.
There has been a sharp increase in the number of families crossing over after a federal court said the government can not detain them, not even fraudulent families.
Leaders in both the House and Senate are struggling to shield the party's politicians from the public outcry over images of children taken from migrant parents and held in cages at the border. He is focussed on winning congressional funding for a wall he has long wanted to build along America's southern border with Mexico, a plan resisted by Democrats.
The president and his allies also have been increasingly accusing Democrats, while decrying the child separations, of not showing adequate outrage over killings and crime by undocumented immigrants.
But it was widely seen as dead on arrival in the Senate, where minority Democrats could use procedural tactics to block it and where competing but far narrower legislation may be emerging from top Republicans. If separations occur, Homeland Security would have to provide clear guidelines for how parents can contact their kids.
Audio obtained by the investigative news outlet ProPublica captures the harrowing cries of 10 Central American children when they were taken from their parents at the U.S. border by immigration authorities. It came as the Trump Administration doubled down this week on its "zero-tolerance" policy for illegal border crossers, arresting parents and taking more than 2,300 children to shelters over a recent six-week stretch.
"I don't want children taken away from parents", he told a gathering of small business owners, before adding: "When you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away".
There are 100 sites scattered across 17 states.
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Dairy. 275 percent tariff. "We'll see whether or not we can make a reasonable NAFTA deal". "We want to be the smart country". Trump is wrong to suggest border charges are anti-American.
While just what substance Trump might accept on a bill to reverse family separation or on a broader immigration measure remains unclear, his desired fate for migrant families is clear.
Since children can not be sent to the facilities where their parents are held, they are separated from them.
There have been protests outside many detention centres and even after a growing national outrage, the USA president is unapologetic and has declared that the country will not be a "migrant camp". One legislative solution, proposed by Texas senator Ted Cruz, is to order families be kept together, with new detention facilities built for that goal.
"While cases are pending, families should stay together", tweeted Cruz, who is in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle.
He says he's requesting a "third option" from Congress that will allow officials to detain children and parents together as a family unit. Tom Cotton told reporters after noting the discussions were ongoing. But if Portman cares so much about children (as he claims), why isn't he signing on to the Keep Families Together Act?
"There's no need for legislation. But he continues to play politics with the lives of people seeking asylum in the United States", the congressman said in a statement. "You can do it. Mr. President you started it, you can stop it".
Trump also accused the news media, through its reporting of the issue, of "helping the smugglers, these traffickers" who are exploiting legislative loopholes.