Since the policy went into effect, more than 2,200 children have been isolated from their parents, and many are now housed in crowed shelters - prompting fury from religious leaders, immigrant advocates, and child health specialists alike.
The focus has shifted to a new plan to keep children in detention longer than now permitted, but with their parents. Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very unsafe trip, and only 2000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our Country illegally on numerous occasions.
The senator further pressed the president's pick to take over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Tuesday for clarification on her role in crafting the administration's policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their families at the border.
Trump has said he hates to see children suffering under this "horrible" policy, which he claims is law. Several people who were in the room said Trump told them that his daughter Ivanka spoke to him about needing to address the family separation issue.
Top conservatives, including key Trump allies, announced they were introducing bills to stop the practice amid a public outcry over the administration's "zero tolerance" approach to illegal crossings.
He says he's requesting a "third option" from Congress that will allow officials to detain children and parents together as a family unit.
But some worry the lack of a clear resolution could exacerbate an already tough situation as his party heads toward the mid-terms.
Trump says he hates migrant kids being separated from parents but has no choice.
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The goal has taken on greater urgency amid national outrage and concern over a White House policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border amid widespread condemnation of the practice.
Trump counselled that America must always arrest people coming into the country illegally; noting that, "Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very unsafe trip, and only 2,000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our country illegally on numerous occasions".
There are 100 sites scattered across 17 states.
The President on Tuesday evening met with the Republican congressional caucus, which is debating two immigration bills this week that could grant Mr. Trump enough of a political victory to back down.
At the Tuesday rally, tech workers mixed with immigrants and activists, all horrified at the images of children being torn from their parents. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and others point to a 2008 child-trafficking law and a subsequent court ruling, saying both leave the administration with its hands "tied", and compel law enforcement officials to send migrant children to one processing center and adults to another for the misdemeanor offense of crossing the border.
Senate Republicans are also moving to block Trump's policy. The conversation was expected to be dominated by immigration legislation and the furor resulting from the family separations. Instead, the children could be detained for extended periods - alongside their parents.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he is reaching out to Democrats for bipartisan backing. "There's no need for anything else", Senator Schumer said.
Trump also accused the news media, through its reporting of the issue, of "helping the smugglers, these traffickers" who are exploiting legislative loopholes.
But let's come up to the present time - With Attorney General Jeff Sessions deriding longtime US immigration practices as "catch and release".