White House officials are unable to cite any part of USA law that dictates the separations, which were initiated in April after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced "zero tolerance" for unlawful border crossings.
Bannon decried the mainstream media's focus on immigrant children while ignoring Americans who have been victimized by illegal immigrant crime.
The policy has drawn condemnation from medical professionals, religious leaders and immigration activists, who warn that some children could suffer lasting psychological trauma. "That contradicts everything we know that the kids need to build their health", Kraft said.
The Trump administration has sought several amendments to the TVPRA, arguing that many unaccompanied migrant children are not actually victims of human trafficking, and therefore most of those children should be "promptly returned to their home countries".
The House is expected to vote this week on a bill pushed by conservatives that may not have enough support to pass, and a compromise measure that includes key proposals supported by the president. "It's an effort to extort a bill to their liking in the Congress".
'This is an issue, and if the Democrats are serious and a lot of the Republicans are serious they'll come together, they won't just talk about the Dreamers or the wall or catch and release, it's all of the above, ' Conway said.
Merkley said he had "spoken directly" with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the policy and wanted to see if President Donald Trump would meet with them.
More directly, Democrat Rep. Even evangelical supporters like Franklin Graham said its policy was "disgraceful".
In 2005, he launched Operation Streamline, a program along a stretch of the border in Texas that referred all unlawful entrants for criminal prosecution, imprisoning them and expediting assembly-line-style trials geared toward quickly deporting them.
Inside the Trump administration, current and former officials say, there is considerable unease about the policy, which is regarded by some charged with carrying it out as unfeasible in practice and questionable morally. "He's put the full weight of his office behind it".
McCaul, a Texas Republican, said both bills satisfy Trump's main objectives.
Similar scenarios play out on a daily basis in federal courtrooms in Texas and Arizona, where dozens of immigrant parents appear on charges of entering the country illegally after travelling up from Central America. Republicans control every branch of government.
Stephen Bannon, who helped guide President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign to victory and then served briefly as top White House strategist, said Sunday that the president should draw a line in the sand over his proposed border wall.
The debate over the "zero tolerance" policyhas escalated since it emerged that 1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults in just six weeks as they tried to enter the U.S. between official border crossings.
Trump has placed blame for the policy on Democrats as recently as Friday, when he had an impromptu press conference outside the White House. "As I have said many times before, if you are seeking asylum for your family, there is no reason to break the law and illegally cross between ports of entry", Nielsen wrote. "The lead-in to that was saying, 'When they can't fight you on the facts, they're going to call you racist, '" he said.