The Trump administration's move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S. -Mexico border has grabbed attention around the world, drawn scorn from human-rights organizations and overtaken the immigration debate in Congress.
"Ms Grisham went on to say that "[Melania] believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart", a line which supports the president's recent policy decision to criminally prosecute all adults attempting to cross illegally into the United States over the southern border. Maine's Susan Collins, the most moderate member of the Republican caucus, said on Meet the Press that she did not support the family separation policy, but also would not support the Democratic legislation because it was too broad - though it has little chance of becoming law.
The new policy, enforced by Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, charges adults crossing the border illegally in the criminal justice system meaning children are separated from them.
First Lady Melania Trump issued a statement on the separation of children from parents at the U.S. -Mexico border, calling on "both sides of the aisle" to work together on immigration reform in a statement that does not directly address her husband, President Donald Trump.
Undocumented immigrants walk to a nearby Catholic Charities relief center in McAllen, Texas, after being released from custody to wait for hearings on their status.
"Nobody likes" breaking up families and "seeing babies ripped from their mothers' arms", Ms Conway said.
From April 19 through May 31 of this year, 1,995 minors traveling with 1,940 adults who said they were the children's guardians were separated due to the policy, Department of Homeland Security spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters on a conference call. That was the rule, Kraft said she was told: They're not allowed to touch the children. "It's a crime to come across illegally and children get separated".
Officials across the administration have aired their problems with the policy, including counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, who pointed to formal immigration policy reform in Congress as the necessary fix.
Since children can not be sent to the facilities where their parents are held, they are separated, which the American Academy of Pediatrics has warned causes "irreparable harm" to the children.
Almost 2000 immigrant children were separated from their parents during six weeks in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Immigration is one of the most divisive, hot-button crises plaguing the Trump administration.
"Trump claims Democrats are to blame for families' being broken up", said one of the Democrats, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. of New Jersey. "The Democrats have to change their law - that's their law". Jerry Nadler, live-tweeted their drama as they were stuck in the lobby of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Elizabeth, N.J., trying to get in to speak with detainees. They are fleeing violence and persecution, and he doesn't see that changing even if the government deports parents.
Conway said that an unnamed aide who had said as much to the Washington Post was sorely mistaken.
There is no law that requires parents be separated from their children at the border.
Immigration on the southwest border has remained high since the zero-tolerance policies took effect.
The temporary shelter near El Paso is the first to be erected by the Trump administration since the new "zero tolerance" policy.