GOP lawmaker: Trump could reverse policy of separating families if he wanted to
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A Republican lawmaker on Wednesday said the Trump administration could reverse the policy of separating migrant children from their families if President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE desired.

“The President can reverse the policy of separating families today. If he doesn’t, Congress must vote to end it,” Rep. Chris StewartChristopher (Chris) Douglas StewartBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' GOP lawmaker calls Trump emergency declaration 'a mistake' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? MORE (R-Utah) wrote on Twitter.

“If neither of these happen, I have drafted an amendment that will prevent the separation of families,” he added.

Stewart has been a defender of the president since his election. The GOP lawmaker flipped and decided to vote for Trump during the 2016 election after previously criticizing the candidate, once even comparing him to Benito Mussolini, the World War II-era fascist dictator.

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The GOP lawmaker’s remarks come as the Trump administration faces considerable backlash from both sides of the aisle over its “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that has separated at least 2,000 children from their families as more adults are prosecuted for illegally crossing the border.

Thirteen GOP senators sent Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war McCabe book: Sessions once said FBI was better off when it 'only hired Irishmen' MORE a letter this week asking that he pause the practice while Congress works on legislation.

Democratic lawmakers have also rallied together to back legislation from Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him Trump judicial nominee Neomi Rao seeks to clarify past remarks on date rape Bottom Line MORE (D-Calif.) aimed at preventing families from being separated.