There have been stories of children being torn from their parents' arms and parents not being able to locate their sons and daughters.
"(President Donald Trump) could pick up the phone and stop the separation of families seeking refuge in the US.
The senator, a vocal critic of the administration's immigration policy, added that "it would take Donald Trump basically the same amount of effort to end the heinous family separation policy as it did to pardon Joe Arpaio".
Some crossers are motivated by poverty or they seek refuge with family here.
"We have to get the Democrats to go ahead and work with us because as a result of Democrat-supported loopholes in our federal laws, most illegal immigrant families and minors from Central America who arrive unlawfully at the border can not be detained together or removed together - only released", he said.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it has posted information in all facilities at which parents are detained for over 72 hours, advising them to call a hotline for assistance in finding their child.
In April 2018, Attorney General of the United States Jefferson Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" policy in which illegal entrants to the United States would be prosecuted in federal court.
The Republican-controlled Congress is under pressure to curb the policy after it sparked widespread condemnation. If separations occur, Homeland Security would have to provide clear guidelines for how parents can contact their kids.
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The President did not specifically endorse compromise legislation crafted by Republicans in the House or spend much time laying out his directives on what he needs to end his self-created crisis of family separation at the U.S. -Mexico border. For many who will appear on the ballot this fall, the "zero tolerance" policy of referring everyone caught crossing the border for criminal prosecution - which necessarily means their children will be kept separately - risks turning off moderates and independents they'll need to win.
It prosecutes all people who attempt to illegally enter the country and takes away children they brought with them. There are 100 sites scattered across 17 states and they can be on the other side of the country from their parents. No law mandates separating families.
This means parents are sent for federal court proceedings and separated from their children, who can not be jailed under U.S. law. During an aside on the need for border security, Trump declared judges are ineffective in combatting illegal immigration.
In the Senate, meanwhile, Republicans rallied behind a different approach. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced Monday he would file legislation that would keep immigrant families together.
Trump's meeting late Tuesday with House Republicans comes as lawmakers in both parties are up in arms after days of news reports showing images of children being held at border facilities in cages and an audio recording of a young child pleading for his "Papa".
"While cases are pending, families should stay together", tweeted Senator Cruz, who is in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle.
"What I'm asking Congress to do is to give us a third option which we have been requesting previous year", Trump said. Tom Cotton told reporters after noting the discussions were ongoing. Many are placed in foster care or in factory-style shelters where they wait to be reunited with family members who live in the United States.
As for Congress, Hurd was dismayed that legislation is needed at all.
Trump also accused the news media, through its reporting of the issue, of "helping the smugglers, these traffickers" who are exploiting legislative loopholes.