One day after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said that "Congress alone can fix" the ongoing family crisis at the border, one Republican Senator is singing a different tune.
Trump's "zero tolerance" policy refers illegal immigrants to criminal prosecution, separating parents and children into different areas of custody, as opposed to the Obama administration policy of referring families to civil deportation.
But Nielsen is on her way to the White House to discuss the issue with the president's team, according to one of the people. In a speech Tuesday, he said congressional action was the way to resolve the issue.
The Trump Administration's new policy of separating undocumented parents and children who attempt to enter the United States illegally has prompted outrage and condemnation across the world. "We also don't want families who are fleeing for their lives to be sent back into the burning house that they've escaped from, and we also don't want America to be a place where you can't get a fair shot in a life-and-death decision".
May said Wednesday that images of children in cages were "deeply disturbing".
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Following the meeting he tweeted: "Republicans want security".
It comes as families try to make the border crossing in the U.S. illegally.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is expected to consider two immigration bills.
All of which means that whatever comes down today, ultimately it will be President Trump who has to take action or make the call. "Clearly the president is hearing the uproar from our communities", said Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif.
The Trump administration has been charging people with crimes even if they cross the border and claim asylum.
"The U.S. Justice Department is ignoring its legal and moral obligation for the sake of a political agenda at the expense of children and the efforts of state law enforcement officials combating crimes like human trafficking, drug trafficking and gang violence which operate across worldwide borders", Balderas said in a statement. Homeland Security officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.