>> The White House on Thursday scrambled to fill in the blanks on President Trump's new border policy after he scrapped the widely condemned separation of immigrant children from their parents. Officials said, families entering illegally will still be prosecuted under Trump's zero tolerance policy. The difference, parents and children will now be detained together, possibly on US military bases.
But the rules say children can only be held with their parents for 20 days. On Thursday, the Justice Department asked a federal court for an exemption from that rule. Allowing the children to remain with their parents beyond that deadline. Yeganeh Torbati says the key to all this is a legal agreement the government struck over 20 years ago, known as the Flores Settlement.
>> This settlement in 1997 and subsequent interpretations of that settlement by federal courts really limits how long and in what conditions the government can detain children. And so what the Trump administration is trying to do, because it wants to both avoid not prosecuting parents who cross with their children.
And it also wants to avoid releasing those parents with their children pending their court dates. It wants to essentially change that settlement, change the terms so that it can detain children with their parents longer in family detention centers.>> And frankly we have to house them and we should be taking good care of them, and then we should return them back home.
>> At a cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump said he had been bothered by the images of children housed in cages. But he pushed back against the widely held view that the detentions were inhumane.>> Some of these places, they're really running them well. It's the nicest that people have seen.
>> Trump continued to push Congress to find a permanent solution to the border crisis. But confusion over Trump's border policy is complicating matters for Trump's fellow Republicans. Two bills that would resolve the status as young immigrants known as Dreamers and fund Trump's border wall, both opposed by Democrats, were up in the air on Capital Hill Thursday.
With one bill failing in the House and another delayed.