"We will secure our borders, and we will make sure that they're properly taken care of".
"Everybody is sensitive to what the president is saying", said Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., who's undecided on the immigration measure.
On Thursday, the Pentagon announced military bases were being prepared to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children.
One congressional attempt to deal with the crisis over families separated at the border under a Trump administration policy would involve a dramatic increase in the number of immigration judges.
Donald Trump has sharpened his call to deport people who enter the U.S. illegally, saying they should immediately be sent back to where they came from without any judicial process. Mr Trump's order says that families could remain together in detention instead of separating children from parents illegally crossing into the country.
The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to expand its use of detention facilities to house immigrants who cross the border illegally, calling for 15,000 more beds to be available for detained migrants in upcoming weeks.
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President Donald Trump on Friday welcomed families he described as "the American victims of illegal immigration" to the White House after a week of political turmoil over immigrant families being separated at the border.
The tweet by the president came a day after he signed a declaration halting his policy on separation of families, particularly minors and their parents who cross the border unlawfully.
In Friday morning tweets, Trump says Democrats have "no intention" of supplying the votes necessary to pass legislation on the issue and says "We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!"
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. "We can not allow our Country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phony stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections", Trump wrote. He has falsely blamed Democrats for forcing them to enforce the policy.
At the event, Trump also bashed "the mayor of San Diego" for warning citizens about immigration agent raids.
While noting that most Border Patrol workers at the facility were trying to do the best they can, Himes said the Congressional delegation was there to see that the children receive "the values and ethic good treatment that we are here to demand". At the time, he said he would support either of two GOP bills on immigration reform. For quite sometime now United States administration officials have insisted they were simply following the law as written and their "zero tolerance" policy for illegal border crossings meant they "have to take the children away", in the President's words.
"What is happening in this country is disgusting", said Bilbao, who worked as a cleaning woman before becoming a legal resident and now works for an immigrant rights group.