People across the US have been organizing rallies against Trump's policies after a series of news pieces reported on the inhumane treatments of immigrants and the separation of families, intensifying political pressure on the government, sparking national outrage, and prompting Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, to call for ending the policy saying such regulations "punish children for their parents' actions".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in April that the administration would take a "zero tolerance" approach to illegal immigration, directing all USA attorneys who serve in districts along the United States' southern border with Mexico to criminally prosecute all cases of attempted illegal entry or illegal entry that are referred by DHS.
President Trump called out the "fake news media" on Tuesday for not reporting the truth when it comes to illegal immigration and migrant families becoming separated at the border.
Trump, who has made a tough stance on immigration a centerpiece of his presidency, has steadfastly defended his administration's actions.
In addition to overturning the rule that says children can not be in Department of Homeland Security custody longer than 20 days, the House negotiators have expanded their solution to ending family separations.
"When you exempt a group of people from the law. that creates a draw, " said Manuel Padilla, the Border Patrol's chief agent there.
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 risky trip, and only 2,000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our country illegally on numerous occasions".
The First Lady's explicit exhortation to "both sides", when her husband has repeatedly blamed Democrats for the fiasco, came as a surprise, as did her call for the United States to govern "with heart".
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"President Trump could stop these forcible separations with one phone call to the Department of Homeland Security".
Because children can not be placed in criminal detention, the policy has resulted in a spike in children being separated from their parents.
It's unclear where Short got his statistic that 80% of the people who come to the United States illegally do not show up for court.
"People that come in violate the law, they endanger their children in the process, and frankly they endanger all of our children", he said.
In the seven-minute tape, children who were reportedly aged four to 10, could be heard crying out for the parents.
Mr Trump, whose hard-line stance on immigration is a major policy of his presidency, responded sharply to critics on Monday. She said immigrants will continue to seek asylum unless their home countries see major change.
McConnell acknowledged the issue of family separations will have to be in the form of a legislative fix because that is what President Trump is calling for.
"All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers, " Cruz said.
Trump also argued that undocumented immigrants were risking their children's lives, and he again warned about the dangers of the violent Central American gang MS-13.