President Donald Trump spoke out on family separation on Tuesday, sharing a moment of his speech to the National Federation of Independent Businesses to address the controversial issue.
Meanwhile, Republicans on Capitol Hill frantically searched on Tuesday for ways to end the policy of separating families after illegal border crossings, with the focus shifting on a new plan to keep children in detention longer than now permitted — but with their parents.
House GOP leaders are revising their legislation amid a public outcry over the "zero tolerance" approach to illegal crossings. The change would loosen rules that now limit the amount of time minors can be held to 20 days, according to a GOP source familiar with the measure. Instead, the children could be detained for extended periods — alongside their parents.
House Republicans scrambled to update their approach ahead of a visit from Trump to discuss a broader immigration overhaul that is to be voted on this week. Trump called for Congress to approve the so-called third option on Tuesday.
"We want to solve this problem," he said.
He addresses the NFIB later —
Trump's meeting at the Capitol comes as lawmakers in both parties are up in arms after days of news reports showing images of children being held at border facilities in cages and an audio recording of a young child pleading for his "Papa."