The President wanted families separated even if they were apprehended within the US. "They're coming like it's a picnic".
The binary choice policy would shift the responsibility for family separations onto the illegal aliens themselves since each family would be offered a choice to stay together or be separated.
"Just so you understand, President Obama separated the children". Those cages that were shown - I think they were very inappropriate - were by President Obama's administration, not by Trump.
Separating parents from their children at the border previous year devolved into a humanitarian crisis and a public-relations nightmare. Overall, 44 percent of Americans express disapproval of Trump's handling of the issue, while 35 percent express approval. "I was the one that changed it", he said.
As the news broke Monday, reports emerged that Customs and Border Patrol were sending back multiple immigrant families to Mexico after they appeared in USA courts for their hearings. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a senior member of the Judiciary committee, said she plans to introduce a bill that would beef up immigration courts to reduce a huge backlog of cases and prohibit separations of migrant families. Almost 6 out of 10 were family members. It takes weeks or months to complete a deportation case.
Number of immigrants apprehended at the U.S. -Mexico border each month.More news: Scientists to release black hole image
Frustrated with his team's resistance to carry out some of his policy proposals, he's also replaced Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and moved to purge other top officials at the department. She requested funds for more detention beds, medical teams and processing facilities but specified no dollar amounts.
Over the course of his tenure, Trump has pushed for building a wall along the U.S. "It's about doing everything possible within the constraints of current law", the official said. "And more immigrants are emboldened to make the risky journey".
Immigrant rights activists chided the administration. "I was told they would not be able to help me because I was on the Mexican side". The responsibility to care for those migrants while they are processed and screened has forced a massive redirection of Border Patrol agents and resources away from their usual responsibilities for border security.
Mr. Rivlin said numerous ideas the White House is talking about are illegal.
Operating under the same immigration laws as Barack Obama, Trump instituted a zero-tolerance policy aimed at detaining everyone who was caught crossing the border illegally and criminally prosecuting all the adults.
Immigration experts believe more migrants are likely to attempt to cross in the coming months, as numbers typically peak around May. It's also a 35% increase over February.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan is due to take Nielsen's place on a temporary basis, starting April 10.