But things came to a head when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or "Dreamers Act" was due to expire, and the cost of the "great wall" was revealed as being between $12 billion and $25 billion or more.
Propublica released audio of children screaming and crying after they were separated from their immigrant parents by Trump and Sessions's draconian "zero tolerance" policy. Listen to it here, it's absolutely heartbreaking.
Mr Schumer said with most Americans against family separations, it is Republicans "feeling the heat on this issue, and that's why they're squirming". However, Stephen Miller, Trump's senior policy adviser, liked the idea and never gave up on getting it into practice.
"I urge the Administration and all who defend this arbitrary and misguided policy of separating and caging children in makeshift shelters to re-read the words inscribed at the base of our Statue of Liberty: 'Give me your exhausted, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...' What we have seen in these past several days is a violation of America's invitation and promise to all who seek democracy's shelter, and it must stop". "What has happened for us to have to craft legislation to say, 'Don't pull kids out of the arms of their mothers, '" he said.
The explicit demand comes as Congress is trying to find a deal that is unrelated - at least in theory - to reunite children separated from their parents along the U.S-Mexican border, and it was not well received. Children of jailed parents must be transferred to shelters under the responsibility of the Department of Health and Human Services.
"This a way for us to show the families that we are behind them", said Jaime Walsh, 26, a web designer who recently moved to San Francisco.
Some crossers are motivated by poverty or they seek refuge with family here.
Tech leaders are increasingly speaking out against President Trump's policies. Most all of them share stories of fleeing drug cartels, extreme poverty, and gang violence.
"You've got to have a heart of stone if you haven't got some empathy", he said.
Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, an organization that bills itself as "a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive", acknowledged that it can be "harmful and traumatic" to take a child away from parents. The move has resulted in the USA government sending thousands of children to holding camps around the country, images of which have sparked global outrage, even from within Trump's own party.
Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, the leader tasked with rounding up votes, told reporters: "I want to see us pass this bill and let the Senate have the opportunity to take it up as well and solve the problem. We have to take risks ourselves to help people who have risked everything to bring a little bit of decency to this country". "Now", said Rep. Fred Upton of MI, adding: "It's never acceptable to use kids as bargaining chips in political process." Sen. "They're not MS-13." But he upset many in the Latino community when he said, "they're also not people that would easily assimilate into the United States, into our modern society".
The administration argues it is necessary to prosecute illegal border crossers to keep them in government custody and make sure they are deported.
Some adults have been outfitted with ankle tracking bracelets and warned to appear in court.
The families arriving to the center are the last that are still being released. Dianne Feinstein which would overturn the family separation policy.
"Thousands of children are being forcibly removed from their parents by our government".
House Republicans were working on a revised draft of one version of an immigration overhaul that would prevent family separations in some cases for those attempting an illegal border crossing for the first time, according to a House Republican aide.
"I actually do not know that, sir, but I imagine that is the case", replied Nielsen - herself of Scandinavian lineage.