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>> Mr. President, Mr. President.>> Donald Trump met with Republican lawmakers on immigration Tuesday. GOP House Members are looking for a way out as outrage rises across the country over families separated at the US-Mexico border. They say Trump told them to get something done right away, and they've moved to take action but haven't agreed how.
There are two bills at play in the house. One is a more conservative, the other is a compromise with moderates. Trump told house members he'd back either one.>> These are laws that have been broken for many years, decades,>> One lawmaker in the meeting said, Trump describes splitting families as quote, certainly not an attractive thing and does look bad.
But the US president has repeatedly defended his tough stands on immigration, including earlier in the day when he spoke to small business owners.>> When you prosecute the parents for coming in illigally, which should happen, you have to take the children away.>> More than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents, and recent video of them in cages have sparked uproar across the country.
>> Their voices even more so.>>
> But Trump on Tuesday again tried to blame Democrats for the separations who in turn say he's using the children as hostages. Several of them showed up at the GOP meeting shouting at the President as he left.>> Mr. President, don't you have kids?
Don't you have kids, Mr. President?>> Both Republican bills under discussion have been blasted by Democrats. They would fund the border wall and reduce legal migration, partly by denying visas for some relatives of US residents or citizens living abroad. The more conservative bill would also deny dreamers the chance of future citizenship.
The house is expected to vote on both bills this Thursday.