Every member of Congress was white.
Just before President Trump told reporters he would reverse course and seek to keep the families together in detention, a White House official said that "from the start Mrs. Trump has been encouraging the president to do all he can to keep families together".
When Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end forced separations on his own, they shrugged.
The revised bill would also give Department of Homeland Security the authority to use $7 billion in border technology funding to pay for family detention centres, the person said.
Family separation has seen a recent uptick due to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' "zero-tolerance" policy for illegal entry at the U.S. -Mexico border.
It does not require the government to stop separating families.
But speaking to small business owners earlier in the day, the president made it clear he isn't budging on his decision to separate adults who enter the country illegally from their children.
As Gutierrez spoke, his microphone was cut off because the gathering in the chamber was considered a breach of decorum.
The sole female invitee, according to a list sent out by the White House, was Representative Liz Cheney.
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Under President Barack Obama the USA was elected for a maximum two consecutive terms on the council by the UN General Assembly . Since its inception, the council passed more resolutions against Israel than the rest of the world combined, Pompeo said.
Walker said several lawmakers remained undecided, denying leadership of the majority needed for passage.
As recently as Monday, Trump was vowing to stick to a policy that led to children being separated from their parents when they crossed illegally into the United States from Mexico.
Until Wednesday, Trump had held firm on the matter.
On Wednesday afternoon, congressional Democrats gathered on the Capitol steps to protest the practice of child separation.
Stories of children being taken from their parents and images of teenagers in cage-like detention facilities have exploded into a full-blown political crisis for Mr. Trump and Republican lawmakers, who are desperate for a response to critics who have called the practice "inhumane" and "evil".
"We need to embrace our legacy as a safe haven for the persecuted and stop subjecting bona-fide refugees to further trauma by locking them up while they pursue their lawful claims to relief", Tonello said. Without Democratic support, Republicans can not muster the 60 votes needed to move forward on legislation.
Currently, Nielsen's department must transfer them to the Department of Health and Human Services after 72 hours if they are unaccompanied, or release them after 20 days if they're with parents or other caregivers. Instead, the children could be detained with their parents for extended periods.
The family separation issue has provoked huge criticism of Donald Trump and his immigration crackdown, even from those who are generally on his side with regards to the issue. Theirs is narrow legislation proposed by Sen.
In the Senate, meanwhile, Republicans are rallying behind narrow legislation that would allow detained families to stay together while expediting their deportation proceedings.
Carrying a "Families Belong Together" banner, the mothers sat on the ground and nursed their babies in the courtyard in front of the New Jersey headquarters of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.