To prosecute illegal migrants in the U.S.
So, see above question for how the apprehensions as I understand them from here in Washington, work.
Trump claimed there are only two options to deal with the situation: "totally open borders or criminal prosecution".
The second-ranking Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said they're proposing a "humane, safe and secure family facility" where parents and minor children could be detained together. The president said his administration wants safety and security for the country.
Hammering home the need to combat smugglers who he said "game the system", Trump accused the media of helping human traffickers. He did not elaborate.
Senate Republicans meanwhile are moving to block Trump's policy. The lobbying organization, which represents big businesses, typically supports Republican Party candidates. There have been stories of children being torn from their parents' arms and parents not being able to locate their sons and daughters.
With the volume of the wailing shrill, and coming from multiple kids, a US Border Patrol agent can be heard saying in Spanish: "well, we have quite an orchestra here".
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.
The bill would grant full legal status and a path to citizenship to people who qualify for the Obama-era DACA program. "All members are going to have to take some risks to make this happen".
Trump's meeting late Tuesday with House Republicans comes as lawmakers in both parties are up in arms after days of news reports showing images of children being held at border facilities in cages and an audio recording of a young child pleading for his "Papa". Nobody wants to see children put in jail or taken away from parents, so the easy thing to do is to just let these people go as if crossing the border illegally isn't an issue.More news: Merkel rejects ultimatum on migrants, has two weeks to reach European Union deal
"We don't want people pouring into our country", he told Tuesday's gathering.
Senior politicians suggested increasing the number of judges to speed up immigration hearings, but Mr Trump insisted it was security, not judges, that America needed. "We're hot", Trump said, describing his poll numbers. "They could stop it".
While Democrats like Nancy Pelosi blasted such treatment as "barbaric" and some Republicans also voiced concerns, Nielsen and other Trump administration officials have said the separations are necessary to enforce immigration laws, and that it falls to Congress to change the laws.
Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray speaks at a press conference in Mexico City, June 19, 2018.
They have joined a growing chorus of voices condemning the policy, as the White House said it was looking at emergency legislation meant to keep immigrant families together, tabled by Republican senator Ted Cruz, of Texas.
One of the bills offers an eventual pathway to citizenship for the approximately 1.8 million undocumented immigrants brought here as children, and House Republicans are trying to hammer out legislative language to end Trump's current policy of separating families.
House Republicans, who rarely buck the president, realize this time he may have gone too far.
Two of the top U.S. business groups, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable, decried the separation policy on Tuesday and called for its immediate cessation.
And the administration cites the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act, which makes a first illegal entry into the US a misdemeanor. It is not clear that either piece of legislation has enough votes to win passage. Then any legislation would have to get President Donald Trump's sign-off.