By Friday, however, he tweeted that Republicans should stand down until after midterms because of obstruction from Democrats. Calling the family separation policy "the most telegenic recent example of misrule", Will suggested that the Republican Party deserves to lose its majority in Congress in the fall elections.
Many Republicans had been pleading for a clear signal of support from the president in order to vote for a bill that would let the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers apply for visas. "Be careful what you wish for Max!" he said.
Last week, as Trump was defending his immigration policy, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was confronted at a Mexican restaurant in Washington by protesters yelling "Shame!"
The president signed an executive order on Wednesday to effectively end family separation by detaining children with their family members arrested for illegally crossing the border. Trump's daily lack of civility has provoked responses that are predictable but unacceptable. The mother did so, but was then deported without her 8-year-old son.
Although Republicans control both chambers in Congress, disagreements between moderates and conservatives in the party over immigration matters are dampening prospects for a speedy legislative fix to the border crisis.
Republicans have been squabbling over competing immigration bills in the House, failing to pass a more conservative measure last week and delaying a vote on a compromise bill until this week.
He says "at a minimum" the House needs to address the separation of immigrant children from their families at the southern border, calling it "inhumane".
"Hiring many thousands of judges, and going through a long and complicated legal process, is not the way to go - will always be disfunctional", Trump said in Twitter post Monday. Democrats have accused him of wanting to circumvent the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of due process for those accused of crimes.
"We want a system where, when people come in illegally, they have to go out".
President Donald Trump doubled down Monday on his likely unconstitutional assertion that rather than hiring more judges to handle immigration cases on the southern border, undocumented immigrants should instead be immediately sent back to their country of origin avoiding any interaction with the US court system.