McConnell: Dems Must Work With GOP to End Separation Crisis

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Trump said Tuesday that current law gives his administration only two options for handling people who cross the border illegally: "Totally open borders or criminal prosecution".

On Tuesday evening, protesters heckled United States homeland security chief Kirstjen Nielsen as she dined at a Mexican restaurant in Washington.

The meeting capped a day of disarray and confusion among congressional Republicans over how to handle the growing outcry over the White House "zero tolerance" family separation policy.

Said Trump, "We don't want judges; we want security on the border". In March, she told PJ Media that Trump is a "great overall president" and said she could "die happy now".

Later on Tuesday, after the Trumping meeting with the GOP House members, The Republican Main Street Caucus, chaired by Rep. Rodney Davis said in a statement, "Since the beginning of this debate, Main Street members have been committed to finding a permanent solution for DACA recipients and adequate funding for border security that will prevent risky drugs, illegal guns, and criminals from flowing through our country".

Earlier on Wednesday, Republican congressional leader Paul Ryan said the House of Representatives will vote on Thursday "on legislation to keep families together".

"As everyone who has looked at this agrees, this was done by the president, not Democrats".

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Lewandowski talked over Petkanas' response, saying, "What I said is you can pick anything you want, the bottom line is clear". Lewandowski attempted to falsely blame the Obama Administration for enacting the policy, which is not true .

Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who has been a strong ally of Trump and initially supported the zero-tolerance policy, backed off yesterday.

The administration, meanwhile, is hoping to force Democrats to vote for the bills or bear some of the political cost in November's midterm elections.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised a fix Tuesday on the issue of separating families who cross the border illegally. "Because obviously we've wrestled with this issue for a decade".

"In order to fix this problem you can't fix all the problems", he told reporters.

"There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense", Schumer said. "The legal authority to detain and properly remove families together as a unit".

A group led by Senator Orrin Hatch wrote Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding a pause in separations, while Senator John Cornyn was drafting "emergency" legislation to allow families to remain intact while their cases are adjudicated. "We can enforce our immigration laws without breaking families apart". Every Senate Democrat has signed onto a proposal from California Sen. Perhaps Mr. Trump took the silence as assent because he.

For ex-Republicans, there is no single path - nor even a single take on the president who contributed to their disenchantment with GOP, in the first place. "I think, and this is my opinion, liberals are going to just try to hype up the emotions. He can fix it tomorrow if he wants to, and if he doesn't want to, he should own up to the fact that he's doing it", said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY. "You started it, you can stop it".

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