Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota are among four progressive freshmen who call themselves "the squad".
In a joint statement on Friday, a coalition of progressive advocacy groups led by Win Without War and CREDO Action said, "Congress must continue using every available tool at its disposal to ensure that Donald Trump and John Bolton's march to war is fully blocked".
A study by House Democrats provides new detail on almost 2,700 migrant children taken from their families past year when they were detained at the U.S. -Mexico border.
The House passed its version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, by a 220 to 197 vote, without a single Republican voting in favor of the bill and after some of the most liberal Democrats opposed it as they pushed for a reduction in defense spending.
For his part, Khanna called the legislation "the most important foreign policy vote in the United States Congress".
Roy said by not toughening immigration laws, Democrats have "created the very magnet" that attracts migrants to the USA and said the House "cowardly sits in the corner, doing nothing" to address the problems that result.
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, is scheduled to lead an "oversight visit" of the facility on Monday.
Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, accused Democrats of using their border trip to put on "a show in front of fences and the media" and of "vilifying" border agents for a problem they've not caused.
"The cruelty is manufactured", Ocasio-Cortez said. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday night, responding belatedly, but strongly, to a comment he made weeks ago, directed at U.S. Rep.
The report found that hundreds of children were being held longer than the supposed 72-hour limit and faced clothing shortages and a lack of hot meals, while some adults were detained for a week in a cell so crowded they had to stand.
Later Friday, though, Pence visited an outdoor portal at the McAllen Border Station, where 384 single men were being held in cages with no cots.
The Republican president says his immigration policies are meant to keep the country safe. He compared the centrist group of Democratic lawmakers to racist Southern Democrats from the 1940s.
The tensions in the House drew the attention of Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, who mocked the incident as a "major meow mashup".
After being separated from their parents, at least 679 migrant children were kept in the custody of the federal government for 46 to 75 days, according to the report.
Democrats and Republicans are fighting over the treatment of the arrivals, whose numbers have surpassed 100,000 monthly.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of MA and Rashida Tlaib of MI. Progressive Democrats are accusing moderates and party leaders of too readily compromising with Republicans on the issue.