Trump signs order to stop family separation, detain families together

Trump signs order to stop family separation, detain families together

Trump signs order to stop family separation, detain families together

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order ending his administration's practice of separating migrant families, but maintaining the "zero-tolerance" policy that criminally prosecutes migrants who cross the border illegally.

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his controversial policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans.

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.

Asked about the possibility of an executive order on immigration, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters: "We'll keep you posted".

"Reunification is always the ultimate goal", he said.

The president has sought to deflect the blame for the family separation, particularly trying to pin it on Democrats for not passing an immigration bill.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a government agency that apprehends illegal immigrants, told Hindustan Times: "Based on information obtained by the US Border Patrol at the time of apprehension, it appears that seven detainees now housed at Sheridan may have been separated from family members". "I did not like the sight of families being separated", he added. If our Republican colleagues, and the Republican leadership in particular, want to solve this problem, they ought to be directing their attention to the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House because that's where it can get done, done well, and done quickly, he said.

Former President Barack Obama weighed in on the family separation crisis Wednesday, calling on Americans to "find a way to welcome the refugee and the immigrant". Melania Trump issued a rare policy statement over the weekend in which she split with her husband over the administration's policy.

"It's been blown out of proportion by the Democrats and the left", said Tolve, who attended a Trump rally Wednesday in Duluth, Minnesota. "When we have an announcement to make, we'll make it". As a matter of regulation, they were not allowed to be detained with their parents during legal proceedings.

The action comes after Mr. Trump met with House Republicans working on immigration legislation and trade policies.

'We will be overrun with crime and with people that should not be in our country'.

After a downturn previous year, since October, the number of migrants seeking to cross the southwest United States border from impoverished Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, as well as from Mexico, has surged. The fact that it includes fundamental changes to the legal immigration system mean its chances in the Senate are even more uncertain.

Homeland Security officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The policy, with mandatory separation of children from adults, was announced May 7 as a deterrent.

Both Republican bills in the House, which Democrats and immigration advocacy groups have blasted, would fund Trump's border wall and reduce legal migration, in part by denying visas for some relatives of USA residents and citizens who are living overseas, sometimes referred to as "chain migration".

"We want a country with heart". It's not clear, however, whether either has enough support to pass. But many members of his own party called on him to stop it.

A growing chorus of critics - including some Republicans - have noted that the Trump administration implemented the policy unilaterally and could rescind it with the stroke of a pen.

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