One option that won't be on the table is a return to last year's zero-tolerance policy, which spawned the family separations that left such a black eye for Mr. Trump. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a senior member of the Judiciary committee, said she plans to introduce a bill that would beef up immigration courts to reduce a huge backlog of cases and prohibit separations of migrant families.
The host then threw back to another clip of Trump claiming that he was "the one who stopped" separation.
No one disputes that the number of migrants seeking entry into the U.S.is swelling. Officials have said this typically happened when authorities questioned whether the child belonged to the adult, or if a serious crime like drug smuggling was committed.
The administration has focused on an overhaul of key officials and appointees at the DHS, and other agencies, with Trump withdrawing his nominee as acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Ron Vitiellolast Friday, saying to reporters he wanted someone "tougher" in the role.
Trump backed down in June 2018 amid a fierce public backlash, and a federal judge ordered that the administration reunite the children.
This week, Trump signaled he might try a different approach, with US officials saying the government is considering a new policy that could again split up families at the border, but this time, the choice would be up to the parents - they could stay detained while sending their children to a family member or a legal guardian.
"Strictly on the basis of the volume and how much the situation there has deteriorated, I would expect us to do more", Shanahan said. "They're coming like it's a picnic because "let's go to Disneyland", Trump said.
The roundtable was held in San Antonio.
An estimated 103,000 migrants were apprehended on the southern border for illegal entry into the United States for the month of March, according US Customs and Border Protection statistics released on Tuesday.
Judd stressed the fact that while there were years where we had up to 1.5 million apprehensions during the 1990s and early 2000s, those were total arrests, not total number of people arrested.
The influx raises questions about whether the administration may have inadvertently encouraged migrants to travel to the US because of zero-tolerance.
But the official told the New York Times that there was room to tighten the criteria for deciding whether the claim was plausible, and reject more asylum seekers during the screening process.
The Trump administration's policy does not do enough to ensure migrants do not face "undue risk to their lives or freedom" in Mexico, Judge Seeborg said. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, pointed to his remarks at a hearing last week, when he said securing the border "will take cooperation and credibility from this administration and not chaos and confusion". She requested funds for more detention beds, medical teams and processing facilities but specified no dollar amounts. "If you are part of a family, if you bring a child, you will be released".