First lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit Thursday to a McAllen detention center that's housing some of the children, where she asked kids where they came from and how long they had been at the facility.
Both House Bills, which Democrats and immigration advocacy groups oppose, would fund Mr. Trump's proposed wall and reduce legal migration, in part by denying visas for some relatives of USA residents and citizens living overseas.
"Their bills are anti-family, perpetuate child detention, end existing protections, cut off many people who have been waiting lawfully to enter the country", she added.
"He thinks that the way you protect the border is to put children in cages", she told reporters.
The first lady landed in McAllen, Texas under a heavy downpour, her motorcade driving through deep water as it headed for the Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter, a federally-funded facility that houses around 60 children from Honduras and El Salvador, ages five to 17.
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However, some critics say the executive order isn't enough. "The only thing President Trump wants to solve is the public relations nightmare he has plunged his administration into", he said.
Meanwhile, Ivanka Trump - the self-proclaimed advocate for women and children who was slammed for her silence until after her father signed the executive order - wrote on Twitter that the families needed to be reunited. "It's about keeping families together while at the same time making sure that we have a very powerful, very strong border", Trump said as he signed the order in a hastily arranged Oval Office gathering.
The Republican-controlled House earlier on Thursday defeated another, more conservative immigration bill created to significantly reduce visas for legal immigration to the United States and to temporarily protect from deportation young "Dreamers" brought to the country illegally as children.
The text is inscribed in graffiti-like script on the back of the green parka, but what is she really trying to tell us? "We don't like to see families separated", Trump said on Wednesday.
"We will be going through Congress".
His executive order does not reverse the zero-tolerance policy, and adults caught at the border will still be referred for criminal prosecution or held while their asylum claims are assessed. An avid viewer of cable television news, Trump recognized that the family separation issue was a growing political problem, White House sources said. The Republicans want security and insist on security for our country and we will have that.