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The Trump administration has escalated prior to mounting pressure from fellow Republicans and other Nato countries to end the practice of separation of children from parents who cross illegally the border, as a counter-reaction on the enforcement of the policy in a political crisis.
Some GOP legislators want to stop the administration of the policy, on its own, while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and others propose emergency laws. Meanwhile, GOP governors pull their state National Guard troops to the border to protest.
All of this comes as President Trump, and top Cabinet officials put the blame on the Congress in the run-up to a meeting late Tuesday between President and house Republicans — in the discussion of family-separation, free of play, will dominate probably.
On Twitter, Trump has not abated.
“Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want to pour that illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, and they contaminate our Land, such as MS-13. You can’t win, the on their terrible policies, they see them as potential voters!” he tweeted on Tuesday morning.
He also said, “We always have to arrest people to come into our country illegally,” notes, most of the prisoners on the border, traveled without their parents. He again called on Congress to change the laws.
#CHANGETHELAWS Now is the best opportunity to change the ever for the Congress, the ridiculous and outdated laws on immigration. Get it done, you will have to always keep in mind that we have strong border security.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2018
At an event on Tuesday in Washington, Trump added that the child smugglers take advantage of loopholes and “All we need is setting a good law and we can get him taken care of.”
The legislation is discussed, the family separations come from the Ministry of justice, the “zero-tolerance” policy, which demands that all illegal border crossers are prosecuted. Because of a 1997 legal agreement and the associated guidelines to say that children are not brought into prison with adults, which is for a longer period of time, the administration, the separation of families.
But the administration is facing cross-party calls to change their approach.
Cruz bill double the number of immigration judges, 750, and mandate that illegal immigrant families are kept together, unless it was “serious criminal offences” or the threat of harm to the children, according to Cruz’s office.
The new legislation would also permit new emergency shelter for immigrant families, and provide for accelerated resolution of asylum applications within 14 days.
SEN. TED CRUZ BRINGS TOGETHER THE “EMERGENCY” TO KEEP ACCOUNT OF IMMIGRANT FAMILIES
“All Americans are horrified by the images that moved, we see in the news, the children in tears, away from their mothers and fathers,” Cruz said. “This has to stop. Now.”
The controversy has expanded on Capitol Hill. During a hearing on Tuesday to investigate, the Justice Department inspector general report on the Hillary Clinton email probe, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., to its opening-call statement, to the Republicans, to the President and say no to “child internment camps.”
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called the current situation “cruel.”
Let go of who unlawfully enter b/c they came with children, creates a cruel incentive to bring children on the dangerous journey. The detention of parents is cruel because it separates families. Can change the law, so we can the families keep together, while they are waiting, expedited hearings
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 19, 2018
“Now is the time for the White house is said to be the end of the cruel, tragic separations of families,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska,.
The numbers range from religious conservative leaders, the heads of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the policy condemned.
At the state level in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, both Republicans, announced that they would reverse the decisions to send National Guard troops to the border, citing the separation of families.
“Until this policy of separation of children from their families was abolished, Maryland, is not from the deployment of a national guard resources to the limit. Earlier this morning, I ordered our 4 members of the Crew & helicopter to return immediately from where you Hogan tweeted were stationed in New Mexico,” on Tuesday.
To this policy of separation of children from their families was abolished, Maryland, is not from the deployment of a national guard resources to the limit. Earlier this morning, I ordered our 4 members of the Crew & helicopter to return immediately from where you were stationed in New Mexico. https://t.co/TEfkUXF7ZN
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) June 19, 2018
Trump and members of his administration have said that there is need to act to the Congress, because they only enforce the laws on the books.
“Now is the best opportunity to change the ever for the Congress, the ridiculous and outdated laws on immigration,” Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday.
“Basically we said the enforcement of the law,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions, “The Ingraham angle,” on Monday evening. “Hopefully, people will get the message … and not break across the border illegally.”
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, in the face of tough questioning from the White House press corps, defended the policy in a heated press briefing on Monday.
Specifically, Nielsen called to tilting for the Congress of the Flores agreement and the extensions of it allow the families to be housed together, and accused the critics only want to open the borders, they said, they would benefit a child smuggler.
“Those who criticize the enforcement of our laws have offered only a counter-measure is to: open borders, the quick release of all illegal alien families, and the decision not to enforce our laws,” she said. “This policy would be devastating.”
She said it was a 314-percent increase in adults and children arriving at the border fraudulent in the last five months. Nielsen also Congress blasted for the desire of the administration not enforcing the laws passed by the Congress itself.
“Certainly, it is the beginning of the dissolution of the democracy, if the body is who makes the laws, instead of changing you, says the enforcement is not to enforce the law.”
However, other Republicans will now put pressure on the administration to change course.
“I appreciate the need for the enforcement and protection of our international borders, but these zero-tolerance policy is cruel,” former first lady Laura Bush said in an op-ed in The Washington Post. “It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.”
“The management, the current separation of the family-policy is an affront to the decency of the American people, and contrary to the principles and values on which our nation was founded,” the Arizona senator and longtime trump enemy John McCain said in a statement. “The administration has the authority to rescind this policy. Should do it now.”
While some of these votes, the establishment GOP voices that have often hardline grimaced at Trump’s-immigration policies and rhetoric, even some on the right flank of the party calling for immediate action.
A series of immigration bills are under consideration in Congress, the family separations, to various degrees. A bill, supported by Republican leaders, the end of the diversity visa lottery and Fund-Trump’s border wall, it would.also, the end of separation of housing children with adults
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N. C., head of the conservative house freedom Caucus, said on “Fox & Friends” , a more conservative bill introduced on Tuesday afternoon, would also fix the Problem, while at the same time a tighter focus and more controversial topics.
“What it does, it is with this issue, we have on the border with the separation of children from their parents,” he said. “It also deals with some of the asylum problems at the border, but there are also some of the more controversial takes sera issues such as sanctuary cities, the wall, the [Deferred action for Childhood Arrivals], and it keeps them very narrow,” he said.
Fox News, Gregg Re, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Adam Shaw is a political Reporter and occasional opinion writer for FoxNews.com. He can be reached here or on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.