Trump doubles down amid immigration policy backlash

President Trump is repeating a false claim that only Democrats can fix his administration's family separation policy as protests grow and Republicans also decry the policy.
5:06 | 06/20/18

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Let's begin with that board battle over the border. Pope Francis calling the separation children from is immoral. There's a lot breaking. Secretary Nielsen overnight who went to Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C., heckled by protesters at Mexican restaurant. Protests breaking out all across the country. From San Francisco to Philadelphia. Here in New York City, all taking to the streets calling R an end to president trump's zero tolerance policy separating immigrant children from their parents at the border. At the time 2300 children have been separated in just over a month. 2300. Both Republicans and Democrats insisting it's time to stop this. It's enough. President trump meeting with Republican lawmakers on capitol hill. Our senior white house correspondent Cecilia Vega tracking the latest for us. Reporter: A late night last night to president trump. Trump punting to congress saying only they can fix it. But members of the president's only party say it's simple, he can stop this with a single phone call. Many accusing them of using these children as pawns. In the nation's capital overnight. We call on you to end family separations. End family separations! Reporter: The woman who's become the public face of the administration's family separation policy trying to enjoy dinner at Mexican restaurant. In a Mexican restaurant, in all of places. Reporter: Instead homeland security secretary kirs Jen Nielsen run off in piece. This Republican congressman shouted down at his own town hall. Do you agree we need to take care of those children in. We are taking care of those children. Reporter: Some Democrats shouting at the president as he walked through the hall. You're separating the children. Reporter: One lawmaker playing the wail of that young child. You can hear it. Reporter: Another in tears. Child internment camps. That's what I said, child internment camps. What country is that! This is the United States of America! Reporter: And it's not just Democrats, the president's own party unanimously agreeing it's time to separate families. All of us support plans that keep families together as their immigration status is determined. Reporter: President trump is not backing down. I don't want children taken away from parents. And when we prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away. Reporter: Instead he's repeating a false claim that it's a law only Democrats can fix, saying they want illegal immigrants no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our country. The president tweeting this photo O his closed door meeting with Republicans. He told lawmakers his daughter ivanka showed the photos of children and encouraged him to end the policy. The president's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski igniting tensions on Fox News with this comment about a young migrant girl with downndrome. I read today about a 10-year-old girl with down syndrome who was taken from her mother and put in a cage -- Womp, womp. Did you say womp to a 10-year-old girl with down syndrome? How dare you. How dare you! Reporter: Needless to say not going over well with a lot of people out here. Let's go back to the president's closed door meeting with Republicans, one source telling me president trump in that room was all over the map, talking from immigration, North Korea, fighter jets, the Republicans left confused on where he stands on how he wants them to vote on these you upcoming immigration measures. Not the only ones confused, Cecilia. The Republicans could act on two immigration bills by the end of the week. There's no guarantee any of these if they don't pass, Republicans are likely to carve out smaller, narrow legislation that just deals with this issue of separating families. They have no indication and got none last night from the president on whether he'll back a narrow measure like this one. Thank you, se sill ra Ya. We'll turn now to the border this morning where young

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