"Yes, I love children a great deal, but to me, it's up to the parents to do things rightfully and legally". -Mexican border were just thrown for a loop when President Donald Trump demanded $25 billion for a border wall.
"We want to keep families together".
"President Trump on immigration: 'I'll be signing something in a little while ... something that's somewhat preemptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation, I'm sure, '" the network reported on Twitter.
While some Republicans working on this legislation have said it's important to address this issue in comprehensive immigration bills, other Republicans say the only realistic chance of fixing it is in a separate bill.
He added that: "We want to solve this immigration problem". It would provide $25bn for Trump's border wall and offer a pathway to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers.
Under Trump's administration, the policy of separating families in order to detain adults has struck a nerve and generated an unprecedented political outcry.
But some worry the lack of a clear resolution could exacerbate an already tough situation as his party heads toward the mid-terms.
According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, while 91% of Democrats and 68% of independents oppose separating asylum-seekers and others in the USA illegally from their children, 55% of Republicans support it.
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"Quit separating the kids!"
However, he did make a series of remarks in early April 2018 about a new border initiative involving the separation of children from parents at border crossings: The factual statements include: "If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law ..."
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in April that the administration would take a "zero tolerance" approach to illegal immigration, directing all US 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.
More than 2000 children have been separated from their parents at the border in the past six weeks, and distressing images and audio have emerged of youngsters crying for their mothers and fathers.
There are 100 sites scattered across 17 states.
"The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security must halt the practice of family separations, except in the cases of criminal felonies by an adult including rape, murder, sexual assault on a minor, or human trafficking", Smith said.
House Republicans, meanwhile, proposed a solution that would allow illegal immigrants charged with misdemeanors to wait in immigration facilities rather than jails. The bill would contain provisions to keep families together while they wait to go before the courts.
He called the measure "somewhat preemptive" but called on Congress to work towards a more permanent fix on the issue, saying that perhaps a more comprehensive immigration reform bill- one that may tackle the family separation issue, while also addressing security concerns, etc. - may be possible. The order would ask the Department of Defense to help house detained families, the AP said.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy tried to present this compromise bill as the only option.
And he rejected outright narrow legislation that would stop family separations and do nothing more - confirming that House Republicans would tie the fate of potentially hundreds or thousands more separated families to broader and more controversial legislation on DACA, the long-term DHS detention of families and more.