While the White House signaled Trump may be open to a narrow fix to deal with the problem, the president spent the day stressing immigration policies that he has championed throughout his surprise political career.
"Under this bill, when people are being prosecuted for illegally crossing the border, families will remain together under DHS custody throughout the length of their legal proceedings", he said.
The administration recently put into place a "zero tolerance" policy in which all unlawful border crossings are referred for prosecution - a process that moves adults to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and sends many children to facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services.
He had falsely blamed Democrats for the situation and demanded Congress provide a legislative remedy.
Earlier on Wednesday the Associated Press reported that the homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, was working to draft the text for Trump to sign.
The second-ranking Senate Republican, John Cornyn, said they're proposing a "humane, safe and secure family facility" where parents and children who are minors could be detained together.
In the past, some migrants entering illegally were caught and then released.
"Thousands of children are being forcibly removed from their parents by our government".
In the latest condemnation from overseas, the U.N. refugee agency has told Washington it is very concerned over the family separations, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told Reuters. Hundreds of thousands of El Salvadorans and Hondurans, for example, have lived in the United States for almost 20 years on Temporary Protected Status, a designation that President Donald Trump said he will soon terminate, throwing that population's future into uncertainty. We could have - child separation - we're stuck with these awful laws. "And it can be taken care of quickly, beautifully, and we'll have safety".
The House of Representatives planned to vote on Thursday on two bills created to halt the practice of separating families and to address other immigration issues.
"These are crippling loopholes that cause family separation, which we don't want", Trump said. "It's the most inhumane thing I've ever seen in my life as far as something we've done as a country. We've heard the audio". The other measure, backed by a conservative bloc, would not guarantee a pathway to citizenship.
"Not only does he support the compromise bill, but he backs it all the way", Diaz-Balart said of Trump.
Former Trump senior adviser Steve Bannon said the president is emphasizing the policies that brought him to the White House.
He, however, offered that he's encouraged by the public's reaction to the controversial policy.
Democrats want the families to stay together without detaining them, and while all Senate Democrats have signed on to a bill by Sen.
An NBC-Wall Street Journal poll shows that support for Trump's immigration policies would make around half of voters oppose a candidate.
Some Trump administration officials have claimed that a policy to separate families at the border is not new - or not even a policy.
Republicans across Capitol Hill are deeply divided over how to stop families from being separated at the border, as the House could vote as soon as Thursday on two immigration bills - the first time in years that GOP has tried to address a broad solution on the issue that has split the party. "We are also going to count on Congress, obviously".
"In the name of the Mexican government and people, I want to express our most categorical and energetic condemnation of this cruel and inhuman policy", Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said at a news conference.