In Reversal, President Orders Halt To Family Separation

23 June, 2018, 03:44 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Trump now says he wants these children with their parents

U.S. President Donald Trump, facing domestic and worldwide backlash, signed an executive order Wednesday to end the administration's controversial practice of separating migrant children from parents crossing the U.S. border illegally.

"Ivanka feels very strongly", Trump said on Wednesday when asked if his daughter showed him photos of the separations.

The executive order Trump signed requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to "maintain custody of alien families during the pendency of any criminal improper entry or immigration proceedings involving their members" to the extent the law permits and insofar as the department has funding.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said after touring the center Wednesday that among the children was a 9-year-old boy from Honduras who had been sent 2,000 miles to the facility on a bus after being stopped trying to enter the US with his family.

That leaves to Republicans seeking to hold onto their seats in the midterms, and also retain control of Congress, the tough task of trying to seize on GOP voters' support for stricter immigration laws while avoiding the wrath from the unseemly practice of detaining children - even if they are with their parents.

Cincinnati resident Andrew Pappas supported President Donald Trump's decision to separate children from parents who crossed the border illegally because, he said, it got Congress talking about immigration reform. Under federal statute, those charged with felonies can not have their children detained with them. A senior Justice Department official told The Associated Press that hasn't changed.

"This is a stopgap measure", said Gene Hamilton, counsel to the attorney general. The executive order replaces family separation with family detention.

Trump's opponents, however, were not satisfied with the executive order, asserting that this was not enough.

And it didn't do much for the teeming outrage over the issue. But they're going to fail, just as they have so many times before.

The president and his top aides have insisted for days that they had no choice but to separate children from their parents due to unspecified USA laws. Biden, who has not ruled out a presidential run in 2020, said the Republican administration threatened to turn the United States into the world's "pariah".

It's also unclear what will happen to the children already separated. It's likely to be tied up in a court battle, and the Department of Health and Human Services acknowledged hours after Trump signed the order in the Oval Office that the thousands of children being held now won't be reunited with their parents right away.

Brian Marriott, a spokesman for the Administration for Children and Families, a division of HHS, said in a statement that "It is still very early and we are awaiting guidance on the matter".

Trump's family apparently played a role in his turnaround.

Even though Trump has acted unilaterally to stem the family separations, lawmakers still prefer a legislative fix.

Rather than help push the bill to the finish line, Trump's mixed messages reinforced his role as an unreliable partner for House Republicans in the immigration debate. Assessments for possible detention facilities at military bases have already been done in Texas and another is expected in Arkansas on Thursday. "We left so that my family could be safe". Those people were not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity.

In the meantime, the administration faces ongoing legal challenges. On Monday evening, she faced protesters at her home.

Trump has blamed Democrats for the policy, saying they must cooperate on legislation to end the policy. They want open borders, which breeds frightful crime.

But it's not clear when - or if - at least 2,300 children taken from their parents under the prior policy will be reunited. "We have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally".

With the use of his executive pen, President Trump threw a lifesaver to vulnerable Republicans whose re-election prospects were sinking due to the public outcry over the horrific sights and sounds of children separated from their parents at border crossings.

The spectacular about-face comes after more than 2,300 children were stripped from their parents and adult relatives after illegally crossing the border since May 5 and placed in tent camps and other facilities, with no way to contact their relatives.

While Republicans in Washington were nervous about the fallout of holding the children from their parents, challengers to some of the Democrats running in red states were going on the attack, portraying incumbents such as Sens.



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