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President Trump and House Republicans Meet For 'Zero Tolerance' Policy

President Trump met with House Republicans Tuesday to discuss immigration.

Posted: Jun 19, 2018 4:19 PM

WASHINGTON - President Trump met with House Republicans Tuesday to discuss immigration.

"These are laws that have been broken for many years - decades - but we had a great meeting," Trump said.

The president says as it stands now his only options are an open border or prosecuting those who cross it illegally.

“So what I’m asking Congress to do is to give us a third option which we've been requesting since last year - the legal authority to detain and promptly remove families together as a unit,” Trump said.

The Trump Administration's new "zero tolerance" policy - separating children from parents who enter the country illegally - is drawing intense criticism even among Republicans.

"I think he's wrong in this particular area today," said Senator Orrin Hatch.

"All of us are horrified at the images we're seeing," said Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Texas Republican Ted Cruz is introducing a Senate bill that would reunite separated families, authorize new temporary shelters to house them and double the number of federal immigration judges to work through a backlog of asylum requests.

Senator Cruz’s plan has some Republican support, but President Trump has indicated he is not behind at least one part of it.

“I don't want judges, I want border security,” Trump said.

Religious leaders rallied outside U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters urging the Trump administration to halt its policy.

And in Florida, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson accused the Trump Administration of a cover-up after he and other lawmakers were turned away from visiting a shelter for unaccompanied children.

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