"Democrats are the problem", he wrote. "They can't win on their awful policies, so they view them as potential voters!" he wrote.
"I don't want children taken away from parents", he told a gathering of small business owners, before adding: "When you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away". "We need safety. We have to take care of our people".
Trump's meeting late Tuesday with House Republicans comes as lawmakers in both parties are up in arms after days of news reports showing images of children being held at border facilities in cages and an audio recording of a young child pleading for his "Papa".
"#CHANGETHELAWS Now is the best opportunity ever for Congress to change the ridiculous and obsolete laws on immigration".
Anita McBride, executive-in-residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University in Washington and a former chief of staff for Mrs.
Meanwhile, millions of people have viewed a photo of a 2-year-old girl from Honduras in a bright pink shirt screaming in fear last week as a US border agent patted down her mother.
On Friday, Mr Trump hinted in a tweet that the policy was intended as political leverage to force Democratic lawmakers to agree to changes to immigration law containing elements they opposed, including the construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border. White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley echoed the president's argument in an interview with FOX Monday, contrasting the permanent separation caused when a loved one is killed to the "temporary separation of families".
"Let that sink in for a second", he continued, "our government is forcibly separating children - including toddlers - from their parents and sending them to detention facilities as a means of sending a message and influencing Congress".
DHS: Almost 2000 children separated from parents at border since April
Speaking to reporters on Friday, DHS said that 1,995 children had been separated from 1,940 adults from April 19 through May 31. The official tally of separations is now almost 4,000 children, not including March and the beginning of April 2018.
Trump criticizes Obama in tweet after North Korea summit
Kim was diplomatically isolated for years before making his first foreign trip as leader in March to meet with Xi in Beijing . Previously China would only confirm Kim had visited after he had left the country.
Insubordination and Bias at Federal Bureau of Investigation
Only the attorney general has the authority to decline or move forward with the prosecution of alleged criminality. The inspector general has previously unearthed an exchange of pro-Clinton, anti-Trump texts between the two.
Critics complain it would open the door to longer detentions for kids.
An agent can be heard in Spanish joking, "Well, we have an orchestra here, right? This must stop. Now", Cruz said in a statement.
Both bills were offered as alternatives in case broader GOP immigration legislation heading for a vote this week fails, as is likely.
"In Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country".
Goodlatte authored one of the measures, which is favored by conservatives.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning news outlet ProPublica released audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children estimated to be between the ages of 4 and 10 years old are heard crying "Mama" and "Papi" after being separated from their parents.
He said word got around during President Obama's tenure that those who would illegally try and cross the border with a minor would "given immunity from prosecution".