Trump Signs Order to End Family Separation Policy

Jun 21, 2018, 19:45
Trump Signs Order to End Family Separation Policy

That's what he did on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump says on Twitter he is "working on something" related to immigration following his Tuesday night meeting with House Republicans.

The order says the administration's policy is to now "maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together".

Around 2,300 children, some as young as four, were separated from their families in the weeks since the controversial policy went into effect in May.

President Trump is reportedly signing an executive order to stop child separation.

It's also unclear whether Trump's order will stand up to legal muster. Until now, Trump and White House officals have instead been pushing GOP lawmakers this week to pass legislation that deals with immigration reform.

Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that the House would vote on Thursday (local time) on new Republican immigration bills. "They really would like to have open borders where anybody in the world can just flow in, including from the Middle East, from anybody anywhere they can just flow into our country".

He writes, "Republicans want security".

A recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report confirmed that human smuggling rings are exploiting children in order to prevent the detention of the undocumented immigrants they're smuggling into the United States.

The Trump administration has been enforcing what it refers to as a "zero-tolerance" policy, and photos have surfaced of children being detained away from their parents in cage-like facilities. There were instances of immigrant family separation during the Obama administration, but it was not a common practice.

"I am opposed to a procedure that separates parents and children", Le Pen said.

CBS News' Paula Reid reports that order is not expected to reverse the policy on prosecuting all illegal border crossings, but it is expected to allow families to be held together during the process of prosecution and deportation.

One of them said Nielsen, who had become the face of the administration's policy, had little faith that Congress would act to fix the separation issue and felt compelled to act.

But others pushed back on the idea that Homeland Security had led the rollback.

"Of course we don't want families to be separated".

Trump's Monday morning tweets come amid a growing backlash over his administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. A senior Justice Department official said that hasn't changed.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services - which is responsible for housing and caring for the already separated children - told NBC News it has no new orders on how to handle the children in its custody. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for the child who arrived without parents.

That's the legacy our parents and grandparents and generations before created for us, and it's something we have to protect for the generations to come. Images of the children shown to him by his daughter, Ivanka, are said to have helped sway him.

"The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable", al-Hussein said on Monday. Neither, though, did it require parents to be kept in detention, apart from their children.