Trump says he will sign something 'pre-emptive' on immigration

23 June, 2018, 04:50 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Under Obama thousands of young migrants who arrived unaccompanied at the border were detained while their immigration cases could be resolved

On a simple flier printed in Spanish and English, the Trump administration now provides migrant parents who cross into the United States illegally with a step-by-step guide explaining what to do after they have been separated from their children.

Several hours after Obama's post - and after days of a national outcry about these immigrant children - Trump signed an executive order created to keep migrant families together, abandoning his earlier claim that the crisis was caused by an iron-clad law and not a policy that he could reverse.

The Ryan bill would also leave in place current provisions that allow adult USA citizens to apply for green cards for their parents; that means once the "Dreamers" become citizens, they could petition for their parents to gain that permanent legal status as well.

The speaker said he does not support separating parents from children and wants families detained together.

Particularly worrisome, Republican operatives say, is that the images and sound of children in detention facilities could have a lasting impact with suburban women and drown out the economic-success message the party has been pushing. We are working very hard on immigration. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, the nation's most popular governor, revoked his offer to send National Guard help to the southern border because "the federal government's current actions are resulting in the inhumane treatment of children". The directive prepared for the president instructs the Justice Department to allow children to be detained along with their family members while they await a hearing - even if that process takes more than 20 days. "To have your child torn from your arms - children separated from their parents - it causes irrevocable damage".

Legal experts anticipate a ruling on the ACLU's request for a nationwide injunction in the coming weeks. Under the Obama administration, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation.

Trump then accused rival Democrats of putting "illegal immigrants before they put American citizens".

The president signed the order in the Oval Office just after 3 p.m. with Vice President Pence and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who has been the subject of intense criticism, present for the signing.

On Monday, Nielsen gave a fierce defense of the prosecution policy, insisting that the government's aim is to protect children. "It's a problem that's gone on for many years, as you know, through many administrations".




Nielsen has also defended the practice by arguing that migrant parents who break the law face the same criminal justice that would apply to US citizens.

Gelernt, the ACLU attorney, said that claim is dishonest. "Mr. President, don't you have kids?" Instead, the children could be detained indefinitely with their parents.

The issue struck an emotional chord, with accounts of children screaming and crying in facilities prepared for them.

A potential executive order could emerge as a fallback option for the administration if it wants to alleviate the crisis should the House bill not pass - but talk that it is a possibility seems likely to undermine momentum for Republican senators to take a tough immigration vote. He said he'd use the additional hours to "encourage other people to vote no".

Immigration advocates have documented instances in recent months of parents deported to Central America while their children are left behind in USA foster care.

Among other things, child-welfare agencies often try to arrange visits between parents and children and keep communication open between them. "There are workable alternatives", president Richard Cohen said in a statement.

ICE is already stretched to capacity with adult detainees. "It is an ineffective deterrent against illegal immigration, and children should not have to face traumatic ordeals given the actions of their parents".

"The President's Executive Order seeks to replace one form of child abuse with another". The policy had prompted protests and outrage around the country.

The latest HHS figures show that the government is taking more migrant children into custody and holding them for lengthier periods - 57 days on average. Reports have emerged that show the lack of information and support being given to parents.

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