Trump will meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss immigration

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he isn't comfortable with separating immigrant families at the border

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he isn't comfortable with separating immigrant families at the border

Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

Trump's public acknowledgment that he was willing to let the policy continue as he pursued his political goals came as the president once again blamed Democrats for a policy enacted and touted by his own administration. Democrats and moderate Republicans have castigated the practice, which is based on the administration's interpretation that existing laws and court decisions require adults to be incarcerated and children to be separated from their parents.

What's more, Pelosi has ignored his ideas, specifically his bills to expand Medicare and invest in infrastructure.

A senior White House official said the tweet was created to signal his support.

But the White House sought to clarify his remarks later in the afternoon.

But later, the White House walked back that rejection, saying the president was "confused" and would sign the bill.

Congressional Republicans have distanced themselves from the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border even as the White House cited the Bible in defending its "zero tolerance" approach to illegal border crossings. "Incarcerating these individuals, as opposed to issuing a notice to appear, is resource intensive, and as a result vital law enforcement resources and attention are being diverted from dealing with more serious border security issues".

"House Republicans are not going to take on immigration without the support and endorsement of President Trump", McHenry said.

But a senior White House official later said Trump had misspoken and believed his Fox interviewer was asking about an effort by GOP moderates - abandoned for now - that would have forced votes on a handful of bills and likely led to House passage of liberal-leaning versions party leaders oppose. Critics say family separation is still possible because another agency could take parents being prosecuted into custody. "It's a awful thing, and I don't see any prospect for legislation here". "They're claiming it addressed separations, but clearly, when you put that in a bill that funds a wall and won't get Democratic votes, they don't have a serious plan", said Rep. Marc Pocan, D-Wis.

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"We don't want kids to be separated from their parents", Ryan said Thursday.

Last month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the policy, promising "100 percent" of immigrants who enter the United States unlawfully will be prosecuted. Signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008, the legislation ensures that unaccompanied children who arrive at the US-Mexico border are "exempt from prompt return to their home country", unless those countries are Canada or Mexico. Because of a 1997 court settlement that bars children from being imprisoned with parents, Justice Department officials now say they have no choice but to isolate the children.

Trump went on to accuse Democrats of not wanting to change the current law, adding that Republicans would be willing to negotiate with them.

Acosta expressed outraged at the Trump administration's policy of separating families at the border.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters during her weekly news conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 7, 2018.

"If you think that family values are important, at the top of that list is just the basic right of the family to be together", McClain said.

"This was an act of the administration", Pelosi said.

"Ripping children out of their parents' arms to inflict harm on the child to influence the parents", he added, "is unacceptable".

Republicans could choose to reignite their petition to pass bills with the help of Democrats, and California Republican Rep. Jeff Denham, another one of the members leading negotiations, said "everything is on the table" when asked if he would start whipping up support for the petition again.

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