"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform", Grisham said.
The effort would mark a dramatic departure for an administration that has been insisting, wrongly, that it has no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of the law and a court decision.
Thousands of children have been separated from parents as part of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy, which mandates that all asylum seekers who cross the border illegally be prosecuted.
Cruz's bill would double the number of federal immigration judges, authorize new temporary shelters to house migrant families and limit the processing of asylum cases to no more than 14 days - a goal immigrant advocates say would be hard to meet.
Over the last few days, Melania has had several private conversations with President Donald Trump about the issue, which has gripped the country and saturated the news media, pressing Trump to find a way to keep migrant families together.
Previously, families who crossed the border were generally held together and brought through immigration court, where they faced civil penalties and subsequently could be deported.
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Perry was not at the meeting with Trump, but said he doubts the president's words will affect his position.
He would be taking "preemptive" action as the White House and lawmakers scramble to deal with the fallout over the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.
The effort to end what has become a major crisis for the Trump administration was outlined by two people familiar with Nielsen's thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the effort before its official announcement.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he was reaching out to Democrats for bipartisan backing, since the proposal would need to reach a 60-vote threshold to advance in that chamber.
An administration official with knowledge of the plan indicated that the Trump administration was anticipating lawsuits and preparing to litigate Flores in court, particularly if lawmakers fail to approve a legislative fix. At the same time we have compassion. They want open borders, which breeds frightful crime.
"I was just walking over to the Oval Office and I said, 'You know, it doesn't feel right to have a picnic for Congress when we're working on - doing something very important, '" Trump said.
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The president made clear that separating parents and children was "certainly not an attractive thing and does look bad", Representative Tom Cole said.
TRT World's Ediz Tiyansan reports from McAllen, Texas.
As images and accounts of sobbing children wrested from their parents circulated, Trump's own Republican Party began to rebel, prompting him to do an about-face after days of saying it was up to Congress to act, and pledge executive action.
Many of them are under age 5, and some are so young they've not yet learned to talk.
Hundreds of immigrant children have been flown to shelters in cities far from where their parents are held. He said the Democrats are outraged over family separation, because they want to return to the harmful "catch and release" policy.
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