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


House Republicans scrambled to update their approach ahead of a visit from President Trump to discuss a broader immigration overhaul that is to be voted on this week.

"I want to congratulate him on running a great race!"

In Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown faced calls from activists and other elected officials on Tuesday to cancel the state's deployment of national guard troops to the U.S. -Mexico border over the family separation crisis. "They don't care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13". First it would go to the Senate, where Democrats have more leverage and lawmakers have repeatedly failed to pass immigration bills, including earlier this year.

A CNN/SSRS poll found only 28 percent of respondents overall approve of separating immigrant families at the border, but 58 percent of Republicans approve of it.

A person in the room said he told the conference, "I am behind you so much". But he made clear any action will have to come from Congress, not from the administration. She said she was willing to hear out Trump at tonight's meeting. "I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love".

A group of Democratic members brought signs depicting children in detention centers.

"You're protecting Trump!" accused a third, amid a chorus of boos. "How would you like if they took your kids and put them in cages?" One cage held 20 youngsters.

"And let's be honest here - if we want this law changed, that's on Congress".

He's not the only one suggesting legislative changes.

Chris Crane, the council president, wrote a letter to Mr. Trump saying the bill would open the door to massive fraud, would allow people who defied judges' deportation orders to get on a pathway to citizenship, and fails to make good on Mr. Trump's promise of a deportation force of 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

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Two immigration bills under consideration in the House could address the separations, but the outlook for passage is dim. Conservatives say the compromise legislation that GOP leaders helped negotiate with moderates is inadequate. Instead, the children could be detained for extended periods - alongside their parents. Theirs is narrow legislation proposed by Sen.

"While cases are pending, families should stay together", tweeted Senator Cruz, who is in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle.

"The president says we need to act, the Democrats say we need to act, and we say we need to act", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after the meeting.

The family separation issue boiled over Tuesday at a House hearing on an unrelated subject, when protesters with babies briefly shut down proceedings. Trump said that Democrats and Republicans wanted him to trash Kim Jong Un but that he did not plan to do it because it was not his form of "manners", one attendee said.

Under the policy, adults who try to cross into the USA illegally, many of whom plan to seek asylum, are placed in custody and undergo criminal prosecution. The Trump administration is now fighting a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union that would require families to be reunited after they are separated during criminal proceedings.

"We can not detain children with their parents", she said, adding that releasing parents with their children amounts to a "get out of jail free card" policy for those who try to cross the border illegally.

The national outcry has roiled midterm election campaigns, emboldening Democrats while putting Republicans on the defensive.

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced yesterday that he was introducing emergency legislation meant to keep immigrant families together.

But the president has also suggested using family separation as a negotiating tool, refusing to reverse the policy unless Democrats agree to his other immigration reform priorities, like funding his "big, handsome wall" at the southern border. Many still support a hard-line conservative proposal written by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., that is expected to fail. "Where's my Peter?" Trump said, referring to Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.).