Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security Secretary, said she had not heard the audio but said children taken into custody by the government were being treated humanely.
The person providing the information on the proposal was not authorized to do so by name and commented only on condition of anonymity. Ahead of a visit by the President to the Capitol this evening, Republican leaders were trying to guide rank-and-file lawmakers away from enflaming Trump's instincts to retreat to harsh, but familiar, rhetoric against immigration. Trump called for Congress to approve the so-called third option on Tuesday. But it was widely seen as dead on arrival in the Senate, where minority Democrats could use procedural tactics to block it and where competing but far narrower legislation may be emerging from top Republicans. They're being separated because the Trump administration, under its zero-tolerance policy, is choosing to prosecute border-crossing adults for any offenses. Under the previous administration, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation.
More than 1,100 people were inside the large, dark facility, which is divided into separate wings for unaccompanied children, adults on their own, and mothers and fathers with children. The separations have been blasted by Democrats, some Republicans, medical professionals and rights activists.
"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility", he declared.
The Mormon church said it is "deeply troubled" by the separation of families at the border and urged national leaders to find compassionate solutions.
"While cases are pending, families should stay together", tweeted Cruz, who is in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle. That bill, introduced by Sen.
Since children can not be sent to the facilities where their parents are held, they are separated from them.
Members will be waiting for Trump's feedback on both of the bills up for consideration.
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"If you are a congressional Republican, this is a nightmare", said Joe Brettell, a Republican strategist in Houston. "We might as well get it right or let's just keep going", Trump said, signaling he wants an all-or-nothing immigration bill.
The administration has claimed there is no policy of separation. "It should do so now".
An audio recording in which migrant children in the US can be heard crying for their parents has been released as US President Donald Trump remains defiant over his immigration policy. A group of GOP senators, including Sen.
The House is already embroiled in an election-year struggle over immigration legislation that threatens to hurt Republicans in November.
Donald Trump has defended his administration's border-protection policies in the face of a growing backlash over the separation of migrant children from their parents. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the bill's chief sponsor.
Faced with the prospect of gridlock in the House, senators appear willing to take matters into their own hands.
The President did not specifically endorse compromise legislation crafted by Republicans in the House or spend much time laying out his directives on what he needs to end his self-created crisis of family separation at the U.S. -Mexico border.
"They are fake", he said.