US authorities struggling to reunite immigrant families

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Updated 8:49 a.m. | With a compromise measure stalled in the House, President Donald Trump on Friday urged Republican lawmakers to "stop wasting their time" pursuing an immigration overhaul bill until after November's midterm elections.

President Donald Trump explicitly compared the tragedy of families whose relatives have been killed by undocumented immigrants to the family separations at the border, saying that the "angel families" are "permanently separated" from their family members.

On Twitter, he wrote: "We can not allow our country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phony stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections".

He adds: "Obama and others had the same pictures, and did nothing about it!'"

Trump reasoned that more Republicans would be elected to Congress in November, making it easier to pass the bill.

"What is the objective of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms)", Trump said. Both bills were largely seen as partisan measures with dim chances of passage and nearly no path forward to becoming law, the latest failure in Congress to reach consensus on the divisive issue.

That principle, according to Will, is this: "The congressional Republican caucuses must be substantially reduced". It provides $25 billion for Trump's wall, restrictions on legal immigration and language requiring the Homeland Security Department to keep migrant families together while they're being processed for illegal entry to the U.S.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told reporters Thursday evening that more issues need to be worked out before the House takes up a vote, after House Republicans met to discuss the matter Thursday afternoon.

It was widely assumed the toddler and her mother had been separated under President Donald Trump's now-rescinded policy that resulted in separating families entering the US illegally.

Time magazine cropped the photograph of the girl and juxtaposed Trump to create a cover image of the president looking down at the 2-year-old.

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"I have been working for years to get a permanent solution in place for our nation's Dreamers and secure our borders".

Delsy Guadalupe Serrano Torres, who goes by "Lupe", and her son Danny, 8, have been separated since the two were apprehended crossing the border in mid-May. "The separation here is from the facts".

Meanwhile, the mayors of about 20 USA cities gathered at a holding facility for immigrant children in the border city of El Paso.

Mohammad Qatanani, Imam of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, quoted a section of the Quran that preached inclusiveness toward foreigners and insisted that the detained children's "parents have to come back to America". A prosecutor said in court that there "there was no prosecution sought" in light of Trump's executive order ending the practice of separating families.

Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia (38), a Guatemalan, sued the United States government to get her child back.

Children who were transferred into government custody were flown to shelters and foster-care families across the country, while some parents were deported back to their home countries alone.

The father told the AP in a phone interview Thursday that he spoke to his son once by phone since they were separated 26 days before. "We're going to have a safe country and your loved ones are going to be playing- and will continue to play- a big part in it".

Varela said he was awestruck and pained when he first saw the photo of his crying daughter on TV. She said members think, "The day's not over. There are many rooms full of women going through the same thing". The family, who was seeking asylum, said they were told by officials they would be separated so they voluntarily returned to Mexico.

There were also signs that the administration is easing, for now at least, its policy of prosecuting all adults caught crossing the border illegally.

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