"If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border".
Under US rules, immigrant children travelling alone or separated from relatives can be held by authorities and the Trump administration has backed family separations, including in asylum cases, as part of efforts to deter illegal immigration.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday "nobody likes" to separate children from adults who are crossing the border illegally but she doubled down on the administration's line that it is up to Democrats to change it.
And the president signalled the drama could drag on.
New Jersey and New York Congressmen hold a news conference during a protest against recent U.S. immigration policy of separating children from their families when they enter the United States as undocumented immigrants, in front of a Homeland Security facility in Elizabeth, NJ, U.S., June 17, 2018. Because of a 1997 court settlement that bars children from being imprisoned with parents, Justice Department officials now say they have no choice but to isolate the children.
Brooks said people can also contact their Congress members and representatives, putting pressure on them to pay a personal visit to adult and child immigrant detention centers to see their conditions and speak to the people inside.
Amid the current crackdown, the detained parents are "in jail settings", the official said, awaiting adjudication and possible prosecution for crossing the border. The process can take several weeks.
The Trump administration is also arguing that its zero-tolerance policy is a byproduct of a dysfunctional immigration system created by Democrats.
Meanwhile, congressional Republicans have struggled to craft a viable immigration plan.
"The president fully supports both the Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill", Shah said, referring to the GOP compromise bill as well as another, more conservative, DACA fix from Republican House leaders that is expected to fail, according to Politico. The fear she would feel here fills me with rage and sadness'. Bannon, who was the chief executive of the Trump campaign in 2016, explained.
According to ABC News, more than two dozen of the largest religious groups in the US have asked the Trump administration to revoke the zero-tolerance policy and stop separating families. His comments reflect how politically poisonous the issue has become, as photographs and news articles circulate about the effects of the practice.
In recent days, Trump has blamed the Democrats and tweeted that the party is "forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their terrible and cruel legislative agenda".
"If the Democrats are serious, and if a lot of Republicans are serious, they'll come together".
In an election year in which Democrats appear to have an advantage on voter enthusiasm, Republicans can ill afford to alienate any voters this fall, particularly their most passionate supporters.
The moves by the government to separate families have been widely decried by medical professionals, the United Nations, and a wide swath of USA religious leaders.
Trump stressed he opposes the separations. But it is the immigration issue, with its heartrending stories of children being forcibly separated from parents, that seized the country.
But he also repeated the falsehood that Democrats, now in the minority in Congress, are responsible for a law that mandates family separations.
There is no law that requires parents be separated from their children at the border.