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 TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her 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 StewartMan arrested for shouting into Utah Republican's mic at debate Dem says he'll investigate Trump money laundering allegations if House flips Interior Department should not remove the ovaries of wild horses 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 SessionsDem warns Trump: 'Obstruction of justice' to fire Rosenstein Donald Trump’s Rosenstein dilemma White House proposes executive order to Trump that would examine tech companies’ practices 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 FeinsteinSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate The Memo: Could Kavanaugh furor spark another ‘year of the woman’? Sexual assault is not a game — stop using women to score political points MORE (D-Calif.) aimed at preventing families from being separated.