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But they're going to fail, just as they have so many times before. Kellyanne Conway, another adviser, took the same line. Curbelo said that Nielsen pledged to work to reunite children now separated from their parents "as soon as possible".

The reason youngsters have been split up from their parents is because it was forbidden to place children in a federal jail, and Mr Trump wants that law changed.

Trump's order is already facing stiff resistance from lawmakers and may face an uphill court battle. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said his department will start reuniting detained immigrant children with their parents - but he made no specific commitment on how quickly that can be accomplished.

The department later walked back that statement, saying the spokesman "misspoke" and that it would await further guidance on how to proceed. Other images showed children locked up in cages in warehouses. "We have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office of the White House as he signed the executive order.

"This is not a softy bill", said Rep. Ryan Costello, a moderate from Pennsylvania who will ultimately support the bill. Several White House officials advised the President to accept a stand alone bill addressing family separations or some other solution to this issue. We can enforce our immigration laws without breaking families apart.

Reflecting his displeasure with Congress, Trump also announced he would no longer host the annual congressional picnic Thursday, leading to the dejected sight of popcorn machines being re-loaded into their crates and trucked away from the South Lawn.

And it has emerged that First Lady Melania Trump "has been making her opinion known" to her husband that he needs to do all he can to keep families of migrants together, according to the White House.

Elsewhere, a flurry of activity surrounded the sudden about-face.

His comments were echoed by rights groups, who continued to raise concerns over the president's immigration policies after the executive order was signed.

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The House is poised to take action on two Republican immigration-reform bills, but it was not clear Wednesday if House leaders would be able to muster enough support to pass either. "That's not the goal here", the aide said. At the time, Brzezinski and her co-host, Joe Scarborough, called on Ivanka Trump to condemn the remarks.

Family separations soared after the Justice Department's April announcement that all unlawful border crossings would be criminally prosecuted set in motion what officials described alternately as a predictable chain of unintended consequences, or a deliberate effort to pressure Congress to finally enact the president's immigration priorities. My wife feels very strongly about it. I consider it to be a very important executive order. "Indefinitely detaining children with their families in camps is inhumane and will not make us safe".

The president's change of heart came after week of insistence that: "We can't do it through an executive order" adding only Congress could put an end to his policy. He cast the issue as a cultural flashpoint that his conservative base would devour, such as his attacks on National Football League players who kneel or his defense of Confederate statues. She was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home. At the same time, the Democratic Party's most ambitious were eager to play a leading role in the high-profile immigration debate as a possible precursor to the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential primary. Speaking from the Cabinet Room, the President captured his internal conflict.

"The dilemma is that if you're weak, if you're weak, which some people would like you to be, if you're really, really pathetically weak, the country's going to be overrun with millions of people".

"So you do all this vetting, fingerprinting, an Federal Bureau of Investigation background check, and then the placement is sent to Washington D.C. for final approval", Baxter-Neal said. That's a tough dilemma. Finally, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directed to prioritize the adjudication of cases involving detained families.

Sessions, who announced and defended the "zero-tolerance" policy over the course of the past month, is already Trump's most hated Cabinet official for his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation.

Many elected officials and human rights organizations have denounced the cynicism of the tenant of the White House.

Miller could also face internal rebuke, people familiar with the matter said.

And in a tweet that seemed to undermine House leaders' efforts to round up votes, he questioned the objective of their legislation by suggesting it was doomed in the Senate anyway. He joined the President on Air Force One for his trip to a campaign rally in Duluth.