"By and large, we are accepting almost all of the referrals that we get from our counterparts at DHS, we continue to work with the federal judiciary on practical solutions to differing caps that they have", CNN quoted a Justice Department official as saying. "I hope to produce the outrage and the public pressure to force those in power to do the right thing".
President Trump on Saturday doubled down on his tough rhetoric on MS-13 gang members, while accusing Democrats of "protecting" members of the violent gang as they "push for open borders". Some wait days or weeks for a chance to speak with USA authorities.
The figures show that 1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults between 19 April and 31 May 2018.
The first is the Flores settlement, a 1997 legal agreement struck by the Clinton administration following years of litigation on the treatment of children detained by immigration authorities.
Jentezen Franklin, a member of Trump's evangelical council, told CNN, "It's a very unsafe route to go when you begin to take selections of scriptures and say, 'The Bible was written to justify political standings". Trump said in a morning post on Twitter. "Go for it! WIN!"
Collins said she supports the president's efforts to bolster border security, but said, "We know from years of experience that we need to fix our immigration laws and that using children is not the answer".
Other Trump allies are unapologetic.
But Brooks' suggestion is rooted in present-day evidence; in recent days, leaders of various religious organizations have made announcements in support of immigrant families.
"I'm looking at both of them", Trump told Fox News.
The UN has called on the U.S. to immediately halt the separations, the BBC reported.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who in March said that the "big tent of the Democratic Party now seems a pup tent", called the breaking up of families "un-American and unbiblical".
The compromise House Republican bill reportedly would provide $25 billion for a border wall, and detail a process giving young undocumented immigrants permanent residency and a pathway to citizenship.
Meanwhile, congressional Republicans have struggled to craft a viable immigration plan - House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is the US Congress' highest-ranking Republican, said he is not comfortable with the approach that has been taken. As you may be aware, it has been revealed that thousands of kids and their parents got separated while at the southern border.
Hours after Trump's comments, the White House issued a statement saying the president had misspoken. "They want them to be left alone", he said. It's that simple. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law.
Merkley, who drew national attention to the separation policy two weeks ago when officials blocked him from entering the Walmart-turned-detention-center in Brownsville, will make a return visit to the facility on Sunday.
Van Hollen's participation is notable as he's in charge of Senate Democrats' midterm campaign committee.
Many Democrats have shied away from overly politicizing the situation at the border. A quotation from former president Barack Obama is written on a wall in the Casa Padre centre in Brownsville, Texas.