But Democrats retorted that Trump's Friday tweet proved that it was the president who wanted to keep the issue alive for political reasons. Just a day earlier, one person close to the president said, Trump told advisers that separating families at the border was the best deterrent to illegal immigration and said that "my people love it".
The House killed a hard-right immigration bill Thursday, and Republican leaders delayed a planned vote on a compromise GOP package with the party's lawmakers fiercely divided over an issue that has long confounded the party.
GOP leaders trying to persuade colleagues to seize the moment and tackle immigration problems by approving the bill, which includes $25 billion for Trump's border wall and a path to citizenship for young immigrants who have lived in the USA illegally since childhood.
Additonally, it eliminates the visa lottery system and migration-caps put on certain nations.
A senior Trump administration official said that about 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the border have been reunited since May.
"You hear that they're better people than our citizens", Mr Trump said.
"Under current law and legal rulings, it is not possible for the US government to detain families together during the pendency of their immigration proceedings". A federal court challenge has kept the DACA programme running for now.
It was the administration's policy of zero tolerance - announced in April - that led to blanket prosecutions, including of adults traveling with children.
After facing intense criticism for his administration's policy, Trump moved to end migrant family separations by signing an executive order on Wednesday.
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Sources said Johnson and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka spoke to a large group of team employees, warning them about tampering.
Several of the parents carried large photographs of their deceased sons and daughters, many of which appeared to have been autographed by the president.
The proposal, negotiated by moderate and conservative Republicans, would provide a citizenship path for young unauthorized immigrants and keep migrant families together when they are stopped at the border. Images of toddlers crying behind chain-link fences, and reports of federal agents taking infants and young children to distant states, forced a rare retreat from the White House. "Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solve this decades old problem".
Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said the Pentagon is preparing to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children on four military bases: Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas; Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas; Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas; and Dyess Air Force Base near Abilene, Texas.
The original photo of the girl - taken June 12 near McAllen by photographer John Moore of Getty Images - quickly became symbolic of the family separation crisis.
Trump last week upended Republican efforts to negotiate the compromise bill, saying he would not support it. Hours after throwing the House GOP caucus into turmoil, the White House issued a statement saying, in effect, that the president had been confused.
"We can not allow our country to be overrun by illegal immigrants, " he tweeted.
As of Friday morning, Heartland Alliance has managed to contact a relative of at least two-thirds of the children it received after being separated from their parents at the border, Diaz said. But the deal fell apart later when the White House insisted on including other Trump priorities on immigration in the package.
"You're talking about young people who are experiencing traumas, going through the journey of migration, fleeing extreme violence, and are now being put in the worst possible situation", said Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the NY mayor's Office of Immigration Affairs.