The draft bill was seen just days ago as unlikely to pass, but has gained support in the House, and it was unclear whether the new language about preventing family separations would improve its chances for passage.
Schumer alleged that this crisis was wilfully and purposefully created by Trump through his zero tolerance policy at the border. The administration's new policy calls for all adults to be detained pending prosecution with their children separated from them. However, it seeks to allow families to be detained together throughout the duration of their court proceedings.
A subsequent ruling in 2016 required the government to release underage migrants from immigration detention within 72 hours and place them in the "least restrictive" settings possible, while generally barring the government from keeping children in family detention centres for more than 20 days.
Their cases usually take years to resolve because of the big backlog in immigration courts, where judges decide whether the children can stay in the USA or must be returned to their home countries.
An earlier report from Fox News Channel said the Trump administration was considering an executive order that would allow immigrant families who cross the border illegally to stay together longer than is now permitted. Media reports have appeared about heart-rending scenes of children crying for their parents.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said on Tuesday that 2,342 children had been separated from their parents at the border between May 5 and June 9.
But the Trump administration points out that most of those migrants never showed up for court.
Trump is again placing blame on Democrats, asserting that "they won't give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation". They want open borders, which breeds disgusting crime.
But there is no law requiring children to be separated from their parents at the border, and Trump, whose administration imposed the rule, could have stopped the practice at any time without an executive order. Mounting leverage from both sides of Congress, as well as voters themselves, certainly spurred this eventual outcome as laid out by President Trump.
"The Trump administration will not win on this one and it should reverse course today", O'Reilly tweeted earlier this week.
But at this point Senate Democrats, who keep pointing out that Trump could fix the problem with a stroke of a pen, aren't onboard; parallel efforts in the House can't go anywhere until Republicans finish up their votes on the two broader immigration bills; and worst of all, the White House hasn't blessed any particular strategy.
"Ivanka feels very strongly". "Perhaps, I'd rather be strong, but that's a tough dilemma". Commercial self-interest alone now justifies a public break with Trump and the Tea Party Republicans. Female suburban voters are considered crucial in deciding control of Congress this fall. And to find a way to welcome the refugee and the immigrant - to be big enough and wise enough to uphold our laws and honor our values at the same time - is part of what makes us American. As much as it pains me to say it, there is no longer the possibility of a middle way as there is no middle ground left to stand on.
Leadership, after facilitating talks with GOP conservatives and moderates, has pushed alternate legislation that would offer a compromise to moderates who threatened to force a vote on legal status for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive action under President Barack Obama.
The UK and Canadian prime ministers, Theresa May and Justin Trudeau, both called it "wrong".
Pope Francis said he supported US Catholic bishops who described it as "immoral". "What resolves things is acceptance, study, prudence". "This is not something that we agree with".
- Trump is not announcing an end to zero tolerance.
Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Republicans tear into IG finding on Clinton probe Trump vows to stand with House GOP "1,000 percent" on immigration MORE (R-Va.) face uphill battles on the floor, Ryan said leadership isn't now focused any legislation that exclusively addresses family separations.
"We do not want children taken away from their parents".
Several hundred protesters marched in New York City, chanting "Keep families together!"
Ryan took a group of wavering lawmakers to the White House to meet with Trump in hopes he could persuade them.