Moms breastfeed in front of ICE headquarters to protest Trump immigration policies

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In a surprise move, Trump suggested that he would postpone a picnic for USA lawmakers and their families at the White House scheduled for Thursday while they sort out the immigration issue.

The executive order Trump signed requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to "maintain custody of alien families during the pendency of any criminal improper entry or immigration proceedings involving their members" to the extent the law permits and insofar as the department has funding.

Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer said the Trump administration has been sending babies and young children to what they call "tender age facilities".

The exact contents of the executive order have not yet been revealed, but will keep families who have traveled over the border illegally, Bloomberg reported. "We don't like to see families separated". Senators anxious Trump's fix would not stand up in court and were eager to go on record in opposition to the practice of separating families. "But we also don't want families to be locked up in internment centers in America". "We don't want children taken away from parents, but right now under the law, as we sit with these law makers, we only have two choices before us: number one, don't prosecute people who come into our country illegally".

"We need to embrace our legacy as a safe haven for the persecuted and stop subjecting bona-fide refugees to further trauma by locking them up while they pursue their lawful claims to relief", Tonello said.

"The border is just as tough".

The family separation issue has provoked huge criticism of Donald Trump and his immigration crackdown, even from those who are generally on his side with regards to the issue. She also worries that it's even more hard for families to pursue asylum claims while they are in federal detention.

But children already separated will not be immediately reunited with their families as the order did not cover existing cases.

Trump's daughter Ivanka thanked her father on Twitter for "taking critical action ending family separation at our border".

Trump will meet with House GOP Tuesday to discuss immigration
It would include a legal fix for the so-called Dreamers, young people who came to this country illegally as children. Those immigrants would get legal status to protect them while they wait in the existing citizenship queue.

Under previous United States administrations, immigrants caught crossing the border for the first time tended to be issued with court summonses and released.

"I don't think either of them can pass right now", Davidson said.

The House is expected to vote Thursday on the pair of immigration proposals.

"Tomorrow the House will vote on legislation to keep families together", Ryan told reporters on Wednesday.

Earlier, a defiant Trump sounded unfazed by the mounting pressure to alleviate the situation before it ruptures into a public relations disaster for his party.

At the meeting on Wednesday, Trump went around the room asking the members of Congress, all Republicans, for their thoughts, most of which lavished praise upon the president. "He's not a monster as he's being framed by the media and by the left", said Trandem, who was a delegate at the 2016 Republican convention where Trump clinched the nomination for president. First Lady Melania Trump encouraged Trump to act on his own if Congress wasn't able to, a White House official said.

The spectacular about-face comes after more than 2,300 children were stripped from their parents and adult relatives after illegally crossing the border since May 5 and placed in tent camps and other facilities, with no way to contact their relatives.

With the immigration bills teetering in the House, the White House launched an eleventh-hour push to try to bring Republicans onboard.

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