The number of migrants detained entering the United States from Mexico without documents soared to more than 103,000 in March, with the number of families arriving jumping as well, US Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday.
The U.S. took the unprecedented action at the nation's busiest border crossing in San Diego in January in response to growing numbers of families fleeing poverty and gang violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Trump insists that his administration is not looking to resume the separation of parents and children at the border, saying, "We're not looking to do that, no". "They're coming like it's a picnic".
"The press knows it, you know it, we all know it", he said.
Separating parents from their children at the border past year devolved into a humanitarian crisis and a public-relations nightmare.
"I don't have an attorney", one woman told Immigration Judge Scott Simpson last week.
After days of traffic delays at sections of the border that have alarmed businesses, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the disruptions were raising costs for supply chains in both countries.
Trump, for his part, insisted he was not "cleaning house" at the agency despite a number of staff changes. That could mean setting up temporary shelters, he added, and picking up other requests "consistent with things we've done in the past", according to the outlet.
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White House staffers are understood to have said it would be an unmitigated public relations disaster.
Ingraham tossed to a montage of pundits "rushing to Obama's defense" after Trump's remarks, despite the fact that Trump was correct that child separations did occur under the Obama administration.
Children who cross the border alone are cared for by the Department of Health and Human Services, and most of the children are teenagers. The White House did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarity on the commander in chief's comments.
Both Republican and Democratic leaders deplored the idea of separating families and were concerned about the shakeup at the department. "As the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, I can't help but think about the time in the middle of the twentieth century when the US used security concerns as an excuse to turn away thousands of refugees fleeing Europe", she said. Sen. Ron Johnson, R- Wis., the committee chairman.
Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, one of several people rumored to be under consideration to fill the leadership vacuum amid the shakeup, proposed eliminating the remittances entirely. The measure would face an uphill climb.
As could have been predicted by the events of the original explosion regarding this policy, was too much even for Fox News. He's been an outlier for years, ' Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally, has said.
"I think that the whole asylum rules, laws, and regulations have been taken advantage of by people that are very bad people, in many cases", Trump said when asked about the binary choice policy for asylum seekers.
The administration had hoped the move would discourage weak asylum claims and help reduce an immigration court backlog of more than 800,000 cases.
It does not require federal immigration officials to allow entry to returnees who are not named in the lawsuit.