WASHINGTON - Amidst scattered protests, the federal government continues separating immigrant children from their families at the U.S. Mexico border.
The Department of Homeland security says in a six week period, nearly 2,000 children have been taken from their parents and held in government shelters.
“The Department of Justice will not stand idly by while our laws are being nullified and undermined,” said Jeff Session, the U.S. attorney general.
The Trump administration hopes changes to the criteria to gain asylum in the U.S. and splitting families apart when they arrive here will deter others from coming.
But in a Saturday morning tweet, the president blamed Democrats for his border policy, calling it "their forced family breakup at the border."
An apparent attempt to force Democrats to negotiate with Republicans on other aspects of immigration law, including funding for a border wall.
The administration is getting criticism from both sides of the aisle, religious leaders even the American Medical Association.
"He could stop it if he wanted to. All he has to do is pick up his phone and say stop taking babies away from their mothers. That is entirely within the power of the POTUS. If he isn't doing that then he needs to own it because that's on him,” said Elizabeth Warren, a senator from Massachusetts.
A Republican immigration bill which would stop families from being separated at the border will be debated in Congress next week.