America's raging debate over the Trump's administration's policy of separating children from parents caught illegally entering the USA has been met with a wide range of global opinion, from outrage to sober reminders of harsh immigration regulations of the past.
By seeking to keep that blame on the opposition party, he is hoping to galvanize support from his base for midterm elections that could swing the balance of power on Capitol Hill.
Hours later Republican leaders postponed final voting on what was billed as a compromise immigration package until next week as negotiators made a last-ditch push for support.
"Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November", Trump tweeted. "I want to solve this problem as quickly as possible". "We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!"
She called on Democrats to help Trump fix the immigration system - after Trump said Republicans should wait until after November's congressional elections. Their task is more daunting in the Senate, where they need to pick up only two seats for a majority but are defending 26 seats to just nine held by Republicans.
McALLEN, Texas President Donald Trump's administration today worked on a plan to reunite separated families, and detained parents struggled to get in touch with their children, some of whom were being held hundreds of miles away.
Alcala said he also wants to know whether immigrant children are being mixed with troubled youth.
The House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a Bill backed by conservatives that would have halted the practice of splitting up families and addressed other immigration issues.
That measure failed, as expected, but the 193 votes it earned was far more than Republican leaders had anticipated. The uncertainty at the border resulted after Trump abruptly reversed policy in the face of an worldwide outcry over the separation of families. But Trump's latest tweets could doom that effort.
"It's a horrifically chilling signal", said another retiring Republican, Rep. Mark Sanford of SC, who recently lost his primary election after frequently criticizing Trump.
The White House meanwhile hit back at critics of its policy, emboldened by the misreading of a Time magazine cover showing President Trump towering over crying child.
Republicans had planned to take two immigration votes on Thursday, even though both were unlikely to pass and even less likely to be considered in the Senate.
Trump signaled the more conservative bill's grim fate when he tweeted earlier Thursday: "What is the objective of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms)".
"The whole immigration system is a disaster, and Claire McCaskill should answer for that: she's been in D.C. for over a decade and she has shown zero leadership to secure the border, stop sanctuary cities, or protect American workers", Hawley said in a statement. Stubborn differences between conservative and more moderate Republicans have stalled legislation on Capitol Hill.
Bacon said he does not support separating children from their families. The separation here is from the facts.
The White House counter-narrative came even as Democratic lawmakers, including Indian-Americans, excoriated the administration for its policy, and the poor handling of its reversal, with no clarity on how children separated from incarcerated parents would be reunited.
The federal public defender's office for the region that covers El Paso to San Antonio said in an email that prosecutors will no longer charge parents with illegally entering the USA if they have children with them. There were also signs that the administration is dialing back, for now at least, its "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting all adults caught crossing the border illegally. "We need consistency and compassion out of this administration", she said.
The US military has been asked that the facilities be ready as early as July and be available until the end of the year, according to a Pentagon notification to Congress.