Ivanka urged Trump to address family separation

Ivanka urged Trump to address family separation

"We can enforce our immigration laws without breaking families apart", said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI. But the implementation of "zero tolerance" by the Trump administration has led to more prosecutions and, thus, more separations. One official said it was the Justice Department that generated the legal strategy that is codified in the working executive order, and disputed the notion that Homeland Security was involved in drawing up the document.

Instead, the process requires coordination between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which holds numerous parents, and HHS, which takes custody of children and places them with adult "sponsors".

"The Flores Settlement prohibits the indefinite detention of children - even with their families - and any order to undermine this critical protection will be immediately challenged in court", said senior Democratic Senator Dick Durbin.

Reaction to the executive order began coming nearly immediately.

More than 2,300 minors were separated from their children at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Democrats, however, indicated they were not satisfied with the action.

McCain's criticism comes a day after her father, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on Twitter. At the same time, we are keeping a very powerful border and it continues to be a zero-tolerance. Over 2,300 children have been separated from their parents since the policy was enacted.

The Ryan bill would also leave in place current provisions that allow adult US 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. "There will not be a grandfathering of existing cases", Health and Human Services Department spokesperson Kenneth Wolfe said.

"I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated", Trump said.

"He's thinking of doing something?" asked Sen. "If that's what he's done, then that's a good thing", he said. "There are workable alternatives", president Richard Cohen said in a statement.

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Leaders in both the House and Senate are struggling to shield the party's politicians from the public outcry over images of children taken from migrant parents and held in cages at the border. "We do not want children taken away from their parents", he said.

During his remarks Wednesday morning, Trump again called on Congress to pass legislation to address the issue of family separations, which was created by his administration's policy.

McCain also cited the "horrible audio" of children at an immigration detention center calling for their parents.

"So we will be officially postponing the congressional picnic for tomorrow".

With votes scheduled on two pieces of legislation this week in the House, does any have enough support to pass? Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to cut back on both legal and illegal immigration.

The network says House GOP leaders put together a compromise bill that would allow families to be together with the Department of Homeland Security throughout criminal proceedings, specifically when the crime concerns first-time illegal border-crossers. Those include the Flores settlement and other laws that prevent migrant children from being detained for extended periods after they're caught illegally crossing the border. "We don't think families should be separated".

Many want more clarity from Trump before giving their backing to the broader immigration bills, which also offer different remedies for other provisions on protecting immigrant Dreamers from deportation and funding for Trump's border wall.

"This runs the risk of undercutting the progress Republicans have made with these independent, suburban women who were already turned off by some of the President's rhetoric", said one Republican strategist working on midterm races.

Republican leaders temporarily yanked a Trump-backed immigration bill from the House floor just hours before lawmakers were supposed to vote on it, a surprise move that seemed unlikely to improve its prospects for passage.

With emotions running high, a handful of House Democrats protested the Trump meeting, yelling out at Trump in a rare face-to-face demonstration against a president by sitting members of Congress.

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