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>> As outrage grows over families being separated at the US-Mexico border, President Trump met Tuesday evening with Republicans on the Hill, looking for a way forward. Some of the most staunchly conservative lawmakers in Congress are trying to find a way out of the exploding political crisis.>> This has to stop.
>> Texas Senator, Ted Cruz, a firm supporter of tighter immigration has introduced a bill he says aims to ease the showdown over child detentions.>> All of us who are seeing these images of children being pulled away from moms and dads in tears. We're horrified.>> The bill would pay for temporary shelters where detained families could stay together and also doubles the number of immigration judges to speed up asylum hearings.
>> I support and all of the members of Republican Conference support a plan that keeps families together while their immigration status is determined.>> On the House side, Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus and one of President Trump's top allies in Congress, is offering a bill that would allow detained children to be held with their parents, but would also make it harder for them to request US asylum.
The bills are in addition to two Republican measures the House could vote on this week, aimed at solving an impasse over funding President Trump's border wall and protecting young immigrants known as Dreamers from deportation. Democrats oppose parts of both bills. Leading Trump to blame them for the border separations.
Democrats like Elijah Cummings of Maryland meanwhile are ramping up the pressure on President Trump and the Republicans.>> This was a policy invented implemented and executed by President Donald Trump>> Democrats say no law changes are needed for Trump to end the family separations. Which were set in place by Attorney General, Jeff Sessions in a sharp crackdown on illegal entry.
>> But when people come up, they have to know they can't get in otherwise it's never gonna stop.>> President Trump is so far, refusing to back down.