The House is expected to vote on the more moderate bill Friday, according to multiple media reports.
"What has happened on the US-Mexico border is a moment of reckoning as it points to a systemic toxicity in public discourse and action".
House Republicans largely shrugged off the President Trump's tweet from Friday morning questioning the objective of voting on immigration bills in the House, with conservative members even seeing a potential opening to push through their preferred bill.
A Homeland Security report said there were 972 calls reporting crimes to its Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement hotline from April 26 through September 30 a year ago.
Merida-Galicia, who is being held in California, is just one of many incarcerated immigrant mothers whose attorneys tell similar stories about chaotic situations in which the mothers don't know where their children have been taken or how to contact them.
An attorney in Texas has been trying to reunite parents at an immigration detention facility with their children after us authorities separated them on the southwest border.
The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to expand its use of detention facilities to house immigrants who cross the border illegally, calling for 15,000 more beds to be available for detained migrants in upcoming weeks.
Hours later Republican leaders postponed final voting on what was billed as a compromise immigration package until next week as negotiators made a last-ditch push for support.
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Trump urged Republican lawmakers on Friday to drop their efforts to pass comprehensive immigration legislation until after the November congressional elections, flip-flopping on his appeal earlier in the week for Congress to act soon.
Trump tweets Sunday that the USA immigration system is "laughed at all over the world" and is "very unfair" to individuals using legal avenues to gain entry. "Right now we have the dumbest and the worst", he tweeted.
Democratic lawmakers on Saturday said they aren't convinced the Trump administration had any real plan to reunite immigrant families caught along the southwest border, while demonstrators gathered to protest the separation of parents from their children by USA border authorities.
"We got 193 votes yesterday on a bill the leadership said wasn't even close, right?" said Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
Trump has gone back and forth on ways to solve the country's immigration problems, which he blames on Democrats.
The president also rattled off a litany of statistics that indicated that illegal immigrants commit violent crimes at a far higher rate than USA citizens, saying "you hear it's like they're better people than what we have, than our citizens". President Trump changed half-heartedly his new policy but he remains the President. Harris said. "And I say we stand up, and speak up, we shout, we march to make sure these families and these children and these babies have a voice and this administration be forced to face their hypocrisy". Trump's crackdown hasn't deterred them, at least not yet. At the time, he said he would support either of two GOP bills on immigration reform.
Earlier this week, HHS requested that the Pentagon be prepared to house up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children at USA military bases.
McCaul is suggesting Congress may need to pass a "skinny" immigration bill dealing with family separation if the more wide-ranging version fails.
The White House announced plans in April to prosecute all immigrants caught along the southwest border with illegally entering the country.