"Strictly on the basis of the volume and how much the situation there has deteriorated, I would expect us to do more", Shanahan said.
In many cases, they say the parents already live in the USA and asked a relative or family friend to bring their children north, and to use fake documents to ensure they would be allowed into the country together.
Trump in February had deployed an additional 3,750 US troops to the country's southwestern border to support Customs and Border Protection agents.
With legal challenges to any hardline new measure inevitable, Trump's allies have sought to focus blame government officials, returning to a favored bogeyman used to assign blame when implementing the president's hardline policies proves tough: a "deep state" of hostile officials.
Just last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 92,000 people were apprehended crossing illegally and 8,900 were children.More news: New York City orders mandatory vaccines for some amid measles outbreak
The president's increasingly erratic immigration rhetoric comes as he is carrying out staff changes that critics warn could make his policies toward migrants even more brutal. "I was the one that changed it", he said.
There are also plans to let border agents conduct interviews with asylum seekers themselves instead of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers, NBC reports. Most Americans, though, seem to recognize that immigrants are not more likely than American citizens to commit crimes: 54 percent say that immigrants are unlikely to commit more crime, compared with 30 percent who say they are more likely to do so. President Obama separated children.
Smith said, "after President Trump issued the zero tolerance order, officials did separate children from their parents. Our military, don't forget, can't act like they would normally act because if they got a little rough, everybody would go insane", Trump told reporters in San Antonio, Texas, a city with so many military bases in the area that it's been given the nickname "Military City, USA". After requesting asylum in the United States, the family was returned to Tijuana to wait for their hearing in San Diego.
The administration got another taste of that this week when a federal judge in California ruled against one of the president's unilateral actions, the "remain in Mexico" policy for Central American asylum-seekers.
Immigration court records show the asylum denial rate rose from 21 percent in 2016, the previous year of the Obama administration, to almost 47 percent as of January.More news: Wins for Fiji and Samoa at Hong Kong 7s
Trump in February deployed an additional 3,750 USA troops to the country's southwestern border to support Customs and Border Protection agents.
A third move would tighten the standards for immigrants looking to begin asylum claims at the border. The numbers for both months were the highest in ten years.
By the time Trump's policy was halted, thousands of children had been removed and placed in temporary accommodation, leading to harrowing images and reports of administrative chaos in which parents were later unable to find their children.
Both Republican and Democratic leaders deplored the idea of separating families and were concerned about the shakeup at the department.More news: Man Utd issue no-nonsense Paul Pogba message to Real Madrid