Duke alum Stephen Miller 'instrumental' in Trump's policy to separate migrant families

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Democrats staged an impromptu congressional protest and moderate Republicans and key USA business groups pressed President Donald Trump on Tuesday to stop separating immigrant children from their parents as an opinion poll showed most Americans oppose the policy.

Warren also criticized the White House for not taking action to stop the controversial family separations.

President Trump blessed House Republicans' new compromise immigration bill "1,000 percent" Tuesday, giving political cover to conservatives looking to back the bill and creating momentum ahead of a showdown vote expected later this week.

Trump is focused on winning congressional funding for a wall he has long wanted to build along America's southern border with Mexico, and Democrats have long said they will resist that.

But it was the Trump administration's decision to break the longstanding practice.

The Republican-controlled Congress is under pressure to curb the policy after it sparked widespread condemnation.

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"Democrats are the problem", Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

It's estimated that around 2,000 children have been separated from their families since the policy began. "We can have strong border security without separating families at the border. If that means introducing her bill in the House, I'd be honored to stand with her", he said.

Two of the top U.S. business groups, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable, decried the separation policy on Tuesday and called for its immediate cessation.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan told The Washington Times Mr. Trump got a good reception from the party. In 1997, the federal government ruled not to keep unaccompanied illegal immigrant children in custody for more than 20 days in a case called 'Flores.' The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals then added accompanied children to the agreement, meaning that the government had to either separate children from their parents or release the whole family. The separations have been blasted by Democrats, some Republicans, medical professionals and rights activists.

President Donald Trump claimed that the only options for immigration enforcement are releasing all undocumented immigrants into the country on their own recognizance or prosecuting them criminally and separating parents and children. Also, immigrants who are arrested for entering the country illegally can choose deportation and they will not be separated from their children.

A new Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll suggests that most Americans oppose the policy, with only 28% of those interviewed supporting it. We do not want adults to bring children into this country unlawfully, either, placing those children at risk.

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Democratic Representative Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico said the location was a former hospital converted into living quarters for children, with rooms divided by age group.

Trump's policy does not seem to be diminishing his popularity among his supporters, including Jesse Bernal, a 38-year-old youth pastor in Morgan Hill who says the border crisis is being exaggerated by a liberal media.

Three Republican senators - Ron Johnson, Ted Cruz and John Kennedy - called on Trump on Tuesday to allow families to stay together if they have crossed the border illegally, while lawmakers pursue legislation on wider immigration reform. "Someday they're going to vote for Democrats", he said.

The president said he is also going to seek authorization to not give USA aid to countries which "abuse us by sending their people up".

Well, the change is, is because we're actually enforcing the law.

"The president is trying set this trap in the public mind that somehow there is a law requiring him to do this and Congress can undo it", said Senator Chris Van Hollen, who visited a detention centre in Brownsville, Texas, over the weekend.

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