While GOP lawmakers have said they want to do something to tighten laws dealing with illegal immigrants in the U.S., there is no majority in the House for a get-tough measure backed by the President - just as there was not a majority for an immigration bill Mr. Trump favored in the Senate.
So far, a House Republican immigration plan put forward by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has not been scheduled for a vote - as it does not have enough GOP votes to be approved. That plan would give a temporary legal status to DACA recipients, which is unacceptable to a chunk of Republicans - while the idea of allowing "Dreamers" to get on a 12-year pathway to citizenship is unacceptable to another big block of GOP members.
As the President was again calling for action in Congress, Vice President Mike Pence was visiting the border to reiterate the desire of the Trump Administration to act.
Meanwhile, the leader of the President's get-tough efforts on illegal immigration announced on Monday that he would retire, and not go through with his nomination to head the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
In a written statement, Thomas Homan said the Trump Administration has "made significant progress this past year in enforcing our nation’s immigration and customs laws, and in protecting public safety and national security."
Homan had been the Acting Director of ICE, and was nominated by the President November 14, 2017 to be the new chief.
No confirmation hearings had been held on his nomination.