Melania Trump visits border, Congress flails on family separations

U.S. first lady Melania Trump listens during a roundtable meeting at the Lutheran Social Services of the South

Melania Trump visits border, Congress flails on family separations

Ryan pointed to the two bills the House will vote on Thursday - a measure conservatives favor and one negotiated by various factions that moderates favor - as a way to answer the question.

She joined about 20 mayors from cities across the country in calling for the immediate reunification of immigrant children with their families.

"It does not guarantee citizenship, but it does provide for a merit-based visa that the DACA population could apply for", Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a member of House GOP leadership, told Fox News.

"I'm glad I'm here and I'm looking forward to seeing and meeting children, but first of all let me begin to recognise each of you and thanking you for all that you do, for your heroic work that you do every day and what you do for those children", Mrs Trump said. "Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!"

Trump said he supports the legislation, but it is still unclear if the bills the House plan to vote on have enough votes to pass.

First lady Melania Trump made a surprise trip to the southern border on Thursday amid the firestorm over the Trump administration's separation of migrant families.

The House plans to vote on two bills created to halt the practice of separating families entering the United States illegally and address a range of other immigration issues.

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She says Present Donald Trump's executive order allowing immigrant kids to remain with their parents mentions how future illegal border crossing will be handled, but it doesn't address the more than 2,000 children who have already been separated since May.

"We're essentially hiding behind the system and gridlock and using it as an excuse to dehumanize people and literally tear apart parents and children", he said.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department, Sarah Isgur Flores, denied that prosecutions would be suspended.

First lady Melania Trump arrived in McAllen, Texas, on Thursday to visit a detention center for undocumented immigrant children. The visit came the day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending the practice of separating families at the border as a result of the "zero tolerance" policy announced by his administration in May. I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump made a U-turn and took executive action aimed at curbing the separation of families.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen trekked to the Capitol to meet privately with groups of Republican lawmakers. But they did not specifically urged passage of a specific bill. "The senior Customs and Border Protection official ... was describing how the agency's operations would change to no longer refer parents of migrant children for prosecution". But Senate Republicans have yet to coalesce around a single bill.

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