Trump defends separating families at US border, ‘politically correct or not’

President Donald Trump walks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky. before attending the weekly Senate luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington

President Donald Trump walks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky. before attending the weekly Senate luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington

Governors from at least eight US states - including two Republicans - have said they will reverse their decision to send National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border over the separation policy.

This member said the President did not convince him to vote for the leadership bill because he never actually said he supported it.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen (3rd L) and Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Kevin McAleenan (2nd L) listen during a White House daily news briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House June 18, 2018 in Washington, DC.

As the outcry over the almost 2,000 child separations caused as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on illegal border crossings grows, President Donald Trump doubled down on Monday down on his controversial policies and blamed them on Democrats.

Senate Democrats have rallied behind an immigration bill from Sen.

It was unclear if any progress was made, but White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement that Mr Trump told the group of lawmakers he would endorse their immigration legislation.

Heartbreaking cries of youngsters calling for their parents in tears can be heard on the tape, reportedly released by a whistleblower at one of the border camps.

One border patrol agent can be heard saying: "We have an orchestra here. The only thing missing is a conductor". It's called the Keep Families Together Act and all it takes to end this madness is for Republicans like Rob Portman to get on board.

Trump was headed later Tuesday to Congress to huddle with Republican lawmakers, many of whom are deeply uncomfortable with the separation policy.

"The administration has the power to rescind this policy".

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The ICE standards include mandates on care for detainees, including mental health care, nutritional foods, clean bedding, linens, blankets and towels, translation services, allowing for correspondence with family members and legal counsel.

Trump has accused Democrats of provoking the current crisis by blocking legislation to combat illegal immigration. He is backing a compromise meant to keep families together. And: "I hate the children being taken away. It needs to be stopped immediately". The couple, who are also parents of newborn son Miles, helped raise over a million dollars for the organization.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh also came out against the Trump Administration's handling of these children.

But similar images of children sleeping on the ground exist now. Earlier, the proceedings of migrant families were held in a civil court so that the families can be held together.

The kids pictured in metal cages were unaccompanied minors waiting for housing.

Democrats kept a united front, seizing upon the issue to hammer Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress. The president said his administration wants safety and security for the country. But we do have a policy of prosecuting adults who flout our laws to come here illegally instead of waiting their turn or claiming asylum at any of the ports of entry.

He, however, offered that he's encouraged by the public's reaction to the controversial policy. "And their business model is that if they are able to bring these children across the border, that these individuals will then be quickly released in 20 days". "I don't want to try people".

The model and her husband, John Legend, recently donated $288,000 to the ALCU on President Donald Trump's birthday. As Vox reports, that included about two weeks when the zero-tolerance policy was not in full effect.

And six in 10 Americans were against the idea of a border wall, CBS News found. Despite these results and the media outcry, President Trump is enjoying higher approval ratings than ever before.

So immigration may not be the winning ticket Trump believes.

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