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Republicans in Congress Seek Distance From Trump Over Family Separations

  • President holds firm on taking children from parents at border
  • Republican bill on families would be rare show of defiance
Migrants walk near the U.S.-Mexico border fence.

Migrants walk near the U.S.-Mexico border fence.

Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images

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Republicans in Congress are trying to find a way out of a political bind imposed by President Donald Trump, who is showing no sign of abandoning his policy of separating children and parents who illegally cross the U.S. border with Mexico.

Images and accounts of the thousands of children being held in temporary centers after the arrest of their parents have sparked a firestorm of dissent that’s expanded to include Republican governors and party luminaries such as former First Lady Laura Bush. Even a spokesman for the French government said the separations were “shocking” and showed different "model of civilization” between the U.S. and Europe.