MCALLEN, Texas (AP) - Demonstrators led rallies and protests on Saturday to decry the separation of immigrant parents from their children by United States border authorities, while Democratic lawmakers said they aren't convinced the Trump administration has any real plan to reunite them.
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To fellow Republicans, his message was to "stop wasting their time on Immigration" until after the November midterm congressional elections.
A Mission Police Dept. officer (L), and a U.S. Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas.
Along with that action, the president emphasized his administration would still enforce a "zero-tolerance" policy on illegal immigration and blamed Congress for not changing the law.
By Friday, frustrated with Republicans in the House of Representatives for failing to pass a conservative immigration bill on Thursday and delaying a planned vote on a GOP compromise measure until next week, Trump launched a rallying cry for his base, calling on voters to "elect more Republicans" to pass the "pass the finest, fairest and most comprehensive Immigration Bills anywhere in the world".
"We're going to have strong, very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together", Trump said at a signing ceremony Wednesday at the White House. She warned the President to not "buy" the show.
The president argued that children held in cages away from their parents was less serious than murders committed by foreign criminals who permanently separate families. Varela was told they are in McAllen, but nothing else. The report said some of the calls were made for victim impact statements that lead to the deportation of someone who commits a crime. "That's what we're doing".
Mr Trump's tweet on immigration legislation was the latest example of his abrupt reversals on issues, to the dismay of Republicans who crave his backing as a seal of approval for conservative voters.
More than 2,300 children were taken from their families in recent weeks under a Trump administration "zero tolerance" policy in which people entering the US illegally face being prosecuted.
The term "angel families" has been championed by activist groups to describe those who have lost a family member to violence perpetrated by undocumented immigrants. "We will secure our borders, and we will make sure that they're properly taken care of". The president's comments were more somber than his Twitter outburst early Friday morning, in which he accused Democrats of telling "their phony stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections".
The family members joined Trump and Vice President Pence at the event Friday, holding photos of their departed loved ones. Yet, with 2,000 reported migrant kids being separated from their parents due to trying to enter the country illegally; the media and the Democrats have gone insane in their criticism. These were the stories the media ignores, he said.
House GOP leaders, having blocked an effort by more moderate Republicans and Democrats to bring a bipartisan immigration bill to the floor, have been scrambling to gin up enough support for their own bill created to bridge the gap between member of their own party.
Despite Mr Trump's stance, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the chamber would press ahead on legislation next week. But Scalise acknowledged it would be "an uphill fight".
She told her story to a translator who wrote it down in English for her.
"The media never talks about the American victims of illegal immigration".
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va, said he "absolutely" would continue the immigration push.