Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Trump Says He’ll Be ‘Signing Something’ on Detained Children

President Trump arrives for a meeting with House Republicans on Tuesday President Trump arrives for a meeting with House Republicans on Tuesday
Lance Thomas | 23 June, 2018, 01:28

U.S. President Donald Trump displays an executive order he signed that will end the practice of separating family members who are apprehended while illegally entering the United States on June 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. As for the reason why the president chose to reverse course on the policy - "The pressure is everywhere", one senior GOP aide tells O'Keefe.

After Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end forced separations - acknowledging he could act without Congress after all - they shrugged.

"Quit separating the kids, they're separating the children!" congressman Juan Vargas, a Democrat from southern California, yelled to Trump, as he help up a sign that read "Families belong together".

Pictures of dozens of children sleeping in fenced enclosures and audio of crying children sparked anger in the United States from groups ranging from clergy to influential business leaders, as well as condemnation from overseas, including Pope Francis.

For much of the country - and President Donald Trump - the prevailing belief is that Obama was the president who went easier on immigrants.

Trump said his immigration policy "continues to be zero tolerance". "I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it".

"Let's find a way to fix this until we can get Congress. Let's work with them and figure it out", the official said in describing Trump's message.

Wednesday's move was the most significant policy reversal by Trump since he took office in January 2017. And it was the fault of Congress rather than Trump.

While the establishment media and Democrats have focused primarily on this tiny sample of child border crossers taken from the adults they traveled across the border with, the number of American children who have been separated from their parents is vastly higher.

Meanwhile, Democrats spent Wednesday morning calling on Trump and congressional Republicans to end the policy in speeches on the House floor.

Top conservatives, including key Trump allies, have introduced bills to keep the migrant families together. Sen.

Gene Hamilton, counselor to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, told reporters the Justice Department will seek changes to a 1997 settlement known as the Flores agreement, which set nationwide policy for the detention of minors in the custody of immigration officials.

In a surprise move, Trump suggested that he would postpone a picnic for US lawmakers and their families at the White House scheduled for Thursday while they sort out the immigration issue.

A 2015 court order now prevents the federal government from detaining children with their parents in detention centers for more than 20 days.

The former director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John Sandweg, expects that hundreds of children will never reunite with their parents as a result of current policy.

"This executive order would replace one crisis for another". "Children do not belong in jail". Senators anxious Trump's fix would not stand up in court and were eager to go on record in opposition to the practice of separating families.

Big Lake, Minnesota, resident Pam Tolve believes President Trump was just doing his job when he made a decision to separate children from parents who crossed the border illegally.

His executive order would keep most families together during the process of prosecution and deportation at the border, except in cases where an adult may pose a threat to a child.

They are also suing the government in the hope that a federal judge will stop family separations via a court order.

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