US President Donald Trump orders an end to immigrants family separations

US President Donald Trump orders an end to immigrants family separations

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of families at the southern border. "I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated". Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and others that would allow detained families to stay together in custody while expediting their hearings and possible deportation proceedings. In a media call after the order was released, senior Justice Department official Gene Hamilton suggested that, absent new authority from a federal judge to detain children for longer than is now allowed, the practice of separating families may resume at the 20-day mark.

They are not swayed by heart-rending photos of children in cages and audio of them crying out for their parents.

The president also attempted to blame Democrats for his practice, but they and several prominent Republicans were adamant that the administration could easily halt its action independent of outside action, which Trump eventually did. That's just what he did.

Cincinnati resident Andrew Pappas supported President Donald Trump's decision to separate children from parents who crossed the border illegally because, he said, it got Congress talking about immigration reform. The order directs Attorney General Jeff Sessions to "promptly" request that Judge Dolly Gee, the federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California who oversees the Flores settlement, modify the agreement to allow for extended detention of children with their parents "throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings for improper entry or any removal or other immigration proceedings".

The president had, for most part, struck a defiant note as he tried to use the plight of the children to force congress to pass a broader law enhancing border security, curbing family based immigration.

As he signed the order, Trump added: "You're going to have a lot of happy people".

So what happens to the children who have been separated from their parents?

And it didn't do much for the teeming outrage over the issue.

US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Tuesday that in coming days North Korea would hand over a "sizeable number" of remains to United Nations Command in South Korea, and they would then be transferred to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. The agency then is responsible for placing the children in shelters or foster homes until they are united with a relative or sponsor in the community as they await immigration court hearings.

Trump touts hawkish immigration plans at rally in Minnesota
The president also accused illegal immigrants of endangering the lives of their children by sending them unaccompanied to the US. Mrs May said: "Of what we have seen, the pictures of children being held in what appear to be cages are deeply disturbing".

Underestimating the public's reaction was a colossal blunder that was abetted by a president who believes he is immune to political consequences - that he could, as he said in the 2016 campaign, "stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and not lose any voters". Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said his department will start reuniting detained immigrant children with their parents - but he made no specific commitment on how quickly that can be accomplished.

Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the Administration for Children and Families, told the New York Times, "There will not be a grandfathering of existing cases".

Trump's family apparently played a role in his turnaround.

The executive order states that immigrant families will be detained together, except in cases where there are concerns about the child's welfare, but it is unclear for how long.

The House killed a hard-right immigration bill Thursday, and Republican leaders delayed a planned vote on a compromise GOP package with the party's lawmakers fiercely divided over an issue that has long confounded them. "We don't like to see families separated". The official was not authorized to discuss Melania Trump's thinking on the record and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

That move could lead to new legal battles for the administration. He called them "extremist open-border Democrats". "And now. everyone's talking about immigration reform and I think President Trump is getting exactly what he wants".

The zero tolerance policy, with mandatory separation of children from adults, was announced May 7 as a deterrent. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for a child who arrived without parents.

At the same time, the Justice Department went to court in an attempt to overturn a decades-old settlement that limits to 20 days the amount of time migrant children can be locked up with their families.

Trump speaks to reporters about signing an executive order on immigration policy with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Vice-President Mike Pence at his sides in the Oval Office of the White House on June 20.

Related Articles