Democratic lawmakers want plan to reunite immigrant families

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President Donald Trump on Friday put a spotlight on families who lost loved ones killed by undocumented immigrants - calling them victims of "permanent separation" - as he sought to shift the attention away from his administration's recently halted policy of separating migrant families at the border.

Many of them were children and teens who ended up in USA custody, away from their relatives.

Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the House, said the president has rejected immigration proposals even as he has shamed lawmakers to do their jobs.

"The director said that she knows that the news is saying lots of things but the children are fine there and that they are good kids". We can not allow our Country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phony stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections.

Hundreds of migrant children are able to hug their families again, despite the continued attack by the mainstream media on President Trump's hard-line immigration stance.

During one Texas protest Saturday, scores of protesters taking part in a rally attempted to block a bus with detained children on board that left a processing center.

The assessment of Trump's changes isn't much different at the White House, where officials were caught off guard by his sudden shifts this week on immigration - including his reversal in signing an executive order to halt the separation of immigrant families at the border.

In fact, more Americans today have confidence in Trump's handling of America's illegal immigration crisis than they did under former President Barack Obama and his lax border policies that critics say pandered to the minority vote.

A pile of kids shoes left by mayors from US cities lay at the front gate outside of the children's tent encampment built to deal with the Trump administrations "zero tolerance" policy in Tornillo, Texas.

Alcala said he also wants to know whether immigrant children are being mixed with troubled youth. The Justice Department has also asked a federal court in California to allow children to be detained longer and in facilities that don't require state licensing while they await immigration court proceedings. While the 45th POTUS has argued since his campaigning days that he needs $25 billion to build the southern border wall between Mexico and the United States, he said on Friday that Republicans need to shift their focus - at least temporarily.

"You don't hear these stories", said Steve Ronnebeck, whose 21-year-old son Grant was killed by an illegal immigrant over a pack of cigarettes. Permanently. They are not separated for a day or two days. The man, who is seeking asylum, spoke on condition of anonymity because, he said, a gang is looking for him in Brazil for failure to pay an $8,000 debt.

The man said he worries about his son, who speaks only Portuguese.

"He cried. He was so sad, " the father said.

Some shelters, including three in Texas, house so-called "tender age" children, who are under five years old.

Trump mostly steered clear of directly addressing the family separation issue that sparked an global backlash, although some of the parents alluded to it in their remarks. The president said he would instead keep children and parents together.

Federal officials launched a "reunification task force" Friday to bring the roughly 2,300 migrant children now in foster homes and detainment centers across the country back to their parents. Chants, like "let the children go" broke out.

Earlier on Friday, Mr Trump tweeted that congressional Republicans "should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November".

Stubborn differences between conservative and more moderate Republicans have stalled legislation on Capitol Hill.

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