People have been detained and referred for criminal prosecution, but USA rules state that children are not allowed to be held with their parents because they have not been charged with a crime.
The moves by the government to separate families have been widely decried by medical professionals, the United Nations, and a wide swath of U.S. religious leaders.
"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility", he added.
Frank Sherry, the executive director of immigration advocacy group America's Voice, tweeted that Cruz's bill would simply "replace family separations that add up to child abuse with indefinite detention that add up to family gulags".
Democrats at the time objected, and that refusal, combined with court rulings and a complex web of laws protecting some illegal immigrant children, has created the mess that's ensued.
The Trump administration's new policy on family separations prompted substantive pushback from conservatives and moderates alike. Sen.
But the recent wave of children being taken from their families on the United States border with Mexico has provoked widespread outrage, including from some Republicans.
"Blame for every mistreated child, heartbroken mother and father and broken family rests squarely on the president, and only he can end the trauma", said Pelosi, who was joined at the podium with Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif., and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. "These minors are very well taken care of".
On Monday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs released one minute and 33 seconds worth of video from inside the facility.
Yet it's unclear whether Republican leadership would put a "clean" bill on the floor that blocks Trump from separating families, or would instead push for broader legislation.
"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform", spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said. Most assumed the hearings would lead to their deportation, so they never showed. "Period." In a separate tweet, she accused the news media and others of misreporting the issue and called on those seeking asylum to do so at ports of entry rather than crossing illegally.
USA border authorities are executing the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants.
The audio surfaced as politicians and advocates flocked to the U.S. -Mexico border to visit U.S. immigration detention centers and turn up the pressure on the Trump administration. Even House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who is an immigration hard-liner, told NPR's Mary Louise Kelly in an interview Monday for All Things Considered that he backs the changes to the administration's policy in the compromise bill.