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Trump signs order to stop family separation, detain families together

23 June, 2018, 04:49 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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President Donald Trump ordered an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents on the U.S. border Wednesday, reversing a tough policy under heavy pressure from his fellow Republicans, Democrats and the global community.

"As parents we refuse sit by while the government removes children from their parents at the USA border", the organizers said when they announced the event.

"Reunification is always the ultimate goal", he said. Chinese social media users are scratching their heads over a "Chinese proverb" US President Donald Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka posted to Twitter as her father prepared for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

He encouraged those across the United States to imagine themselves in the shoes of these families who are trying to seek a safe haven inside the country, and left a simple, but pointed question: "Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents' arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together?" "I offered the amendment to keep families together but also to have $7 billion for new housing for these family units", Denham said.

"We see the crisis right now as what's being happening to these families being separated", said Rep. Val Demings (D) Florida.

Republican politicians, increasingly fearful of a voter backlash in November, met with Mr Trump for about an hour at the Capitol to try to find a solution that both holds to Mr Trump's hard-line immigration policy and ends the practice of taking migrant children from parents charged with entering the country illegally. Instead, the children could be detained indefinitely with their parents. "Otherwise it's never going to stop", he said. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev, said one of the bill's co-sponsors went through the bill section by section, as his colleagues munched on make-your-own sandwiches.

The order says the Department of Homeland Security - and not the Justice and Health and Human Services Departments, as under previous policy - would have continuing responsibility for the families.

Every day, child welfare agencies across America make hard decisions to separate children from their parents.

That move could lead to new legal battles for the administration.

As the administration faces growing outrage over its "zero tolerance" crackdown at the border, Trump officials say they are committed to helping parents locate their children and avoid being deported without them.

The battle is being waged in suburban House districts now represented by Republicans, arguably the most important districts in the fight for control of the House.

The agency's network of immigration jails for single adults is much larger, because ICE leases detention facilities and vacant cells from states and counties across the country.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Council of Europe and Pope Francis all took issue with the "zero tolerance" policy. "Children belong with their families", he said.

After a downturn past year, since October, the number of migrants seeking to cross the southwest USA border from impoverished Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, as well as from Mexico, has surged. The delay came after some GOP lawmakers demanded more time to review the 299-page bill, which would dramatically revamp immigration policy. "This ties into the refugee issue, too - the more humanitarian issues".

"The administration still plans to criminalize families - including children - by holding them in prison-like detention facilities". "I'll be doing something that's somewhat preemptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation I'm sure", Trump said. "I don't want children taken away from parents".

Cruz's bill would double the number of federal immigration judges, authorize new temporary shelters to house migrant families and limit the processing of asylum cases to no more than 14 days - a goal immigrant advocates say would be hard to meet.

In the Senate, meanwhile, Republicans are rallying behind narrow legislation that would allow detained families to stay together while expediting their deportation proceedings. Many professionals are anxious about what is happening to the more than 2,300 youngsters who have been separated from their parents by the Trump administration.

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