It's a classic strategy that he has deployed in toxic immigration wars before: Tout his toughness and dedication to law and order while blaming Democrats for not fixing the system's problems. That's a longstanding Homeland Security policy, DHS told us.
In that scenario, he stated the committee discovered that HHS did not correctly vet the individuals taking custody of these kids and that after that downside HHS and the Division of Homeland Safety below the Obama administration agreed to work collectively to enhance insurance policies on following up with unaccompanied minors.
GOP leaders are trying to stop the bill, which has robust support from Democrats and some Republicans. Trump so far has not engaged in the Capitol Hill debate, even as he repeatedly insists Congress must act.
The spike in migrant minors under HHS custody comes hot on the heels of a new Department of Justice policy put in place by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month that called for prosecutors to pursue as many illegal border crossing charges as possible in a "zero tolerance" approach to undocumented immigration.
It isn't clear what happens to these children if their parents are prosecuted, or who easily they are reunited, The Arizona Star reports, though experts say parents being deported can request their children accompany them or be placed with another sponsor. Concern was raised that most families moving into the country were seeking asylum or avoiding conflict in the regions of residence and that separating the families would be a significant psychological trauma upon them.
The President poured oil on the fire on Saturday.
"Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama's term showing children from the Border in steel cages", President Trump tweeted on the day after Memorial Day.
"We want the families to know, 'Don't do it.' We don't want to separate you, we don't want to break up families, but we're enforcing the laws", Stephanie Dixon, a Border Patrol agent, said last week during a press event in Nogales.
THE FACTS: No law mandates that parents must be separated from their children at the border, and it's not a policy Democrats have pushed or can change alone as the minority in Congress. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who was a leader in pushing for the law signed by President George W. Bush in 2008.
In March and April, more than 50,000 people were detained per month trying to cross the southwest border illegally, levels similar to those during the administration of Barack Obama, according to US government figures.
Those adults brought with them a total of 658 children, Hudson said, who would have been separated under the new initiative. A few days later, White House Chief of Staff John F Kelly suggested that splitting families would be a "tough deterrent" to migrants thinking about bringing their children along. "It was by no means supposed to be a foster care system with greater than 10,000 kids in custody at an instantaneous value to the federal taxpayer of over one billion per 12 months". Nagda also said that she has seen no evidence that this new "zero tolerance" policy deters potential migrants from coming to the border.
HHS has said it has no legal responsibility to trace these children.
-"What is more shameful than forcibly separating, in America, parents from infant children at the border?"
Ironically, while Trump often portrays undocumented immigrants as unsafe criminals, French President Emmanuel Macron this week met with an undocumented migrant who has been proclaimed a hero for scaling an apartment building to save a young child hanging from a balcony.
Immigration officials transfer unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, which tasked with placing them "in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child" as their cases goes through immigration courts.
President Donald Trump's daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump tweeted, "Ignore the trolls" after she was criticized for a photo she posted Sunday. Dems must agree to Wall and new Border Protection for good of country.
At the core of this scandal is the fact that Trump has blown out of proportion - if not invented - an immigration crisis for political gain.
Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro is organizing a #WhereAreTheChildren rally in San Antonio on Thursday that is likely to be only one of many Democratic efforts to appeal to their own base following Trump's assault. Most of the children came from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, fleeing violence and turmoil in their home countries.
Meanwhile, pro-immigration Republicans are pressuring Trump to cave by extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) without building a border wall.