You're calling on congress to change the law.>> Yes.>> And that is the big message here. Members of Congress on the democratic side say that you are using children as a lever to try to get them to take legislative action, what do you say to that?>> I say that is a very cowardly response.
It's clearly within their power to make the laws and change the laws, they should do so.>> You continue to insist that this is something that Congress can change.>> Yes.>> And yet this is something that was enacted after the Attorney General announced the zero tolerance policy.
This never happened before he announced
] Are you intending for this to play out as it is playing out? Are you intending for parents to be separated from their children? Are you intending to send a message?
>> They separated families.>> Kids at this rate from their parents is something new and specific to this administration once the Attorney General announced zero tolerance policy. So why doesn't the president pick up the phone and change the policy? He said he hates it.>> I think what the president is trying to do is find a long-term fix.
So why don't we have Congress change the laws>> Children are suffering.>> to change. No. Congress could fix this tomorrow.>>
>> I find that offensive. No, because why would I ever create a policy that purposely does that?>> Perhaps as a deterance.>> No. It's a law passed by the United States Congress. Rather than fixing the law, Congress is asking those of us who enforce the law to turn our backs on the law and not enforce the law.