As the outcry over the almost 2,000 child separations caused as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on illegal border crossings grows, President Donald Trump doubled down on Monday down on his controversial policies and blamed them on Democrats.
The family separations, highlighted by videos of youngsters detained in cages and an audiotape of wailing children, have sparked an outcry at home and strong condemnation overseas.
Trump, who has made a tough stance on immigration a centrepiece of his presidency, has staunchly defended his administration's actions.
While leading Democrats have said they wouldn't support either bill ― with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) calling Ryan's "compromise" bill "doomed to fail" ― Republicans may still have enough votes to pass one of them, since the party now controls both houses of Congress.
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Mr Trump's widely debunked claims that the family separations were mandated by law was "an outright lie".
A top White House adviser on Sunday attempted to distance the administration from responsibility for separating migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border, even though the administration put in place and could easily end a policy that has led to a spike in cases of split and distraught families. The president and his allies also have been increasingly accusing Democrats, while decrying the child separations, of not showing adequate outrage over killings and crime by undocumented immigrants.
The draft bill was seen just days ago as unlikely to pass, but has gained support in the House.
The bill faces strong headwinds as it is opposed by Democrats, who object to another provision that would cut legal immigration levels, and conservative Republicans who are backing a rival bill that takes a harder line on immigration.
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For the thousands of children recently separated from their parents through Trump's crackdown, Bernal said the government should speed up its process and try to reunite families as soon as possible.
Unaccompanied minors are their whole own procedure. The separations have been blasted by Democrats, some Republicans, medical professionals and rights activists.
U.S. President Donald Trump is asserting he has only two options on immigration: Separating migrant children from their parents at the border or "open borders". We do not want adults to bring children into this country unlawfully, either, placing those children at risk.
A US Border Patrol agent can be heard mocking the youngsters, saying: "Well, we have an orchestra here".
Even some of the president's biggest Republican supporters said they disagree with his policy.
Her comments come in the wake of hundreds of children kept in giant cages inside a Walmart store in Texas and given tin foil to use as blankets. She's crying and begging me to go get her.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed the new urgency.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in an appearance before the National Sheriffs' Association in New Orleans: "We will not apologise for the job we do or for the job law enforcement does, for doing the job that the American people expect us to do". The Democrats have to change their law.
"The president is trying set this trap in the public mind that somehow there is a law requiring him to do this and Congress can undo it", said Senator Chris Van Hollen, who visited a detention centre in Brownsville, Texas, over the weekend. We still have an enormous drug problem and now we also have a historic problem with mass incarceration.