Trump supporters steadfast despite the immigration uproar

Trump’s executive order leaves thousands of immigrant kids in limbo

Trump’s executive order leaves thousands of immigrant kids in limbo

"No, no, the border is just as tough, but we do want to keep families together", the president insisted, when asked by a reporter if he was backing down.

The order opens by declaring that "it is the policy of this Administration to rigorously enforce our immigration laws" while "maintain [ing] family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources".

Whatever the administration hoped to achieve with its order, the legal knot that President Trump's immigration enforcement policy created is far from untangled.

Still, he said the president's dramatic reversal on separating children won't solve anything: "I see that as placating people".

Trump's "zero tolerance" policy refers all apprehended undocumented adults for criminal prosecution - a break with past administrations that limited criminal referral for most adults who illegally crossed into the USA with their juvenile family members. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar has said his department will begin working to return detained immigrant children to their families, but did not give a timeline.

Video footage of children sitting in cages and an audiotape of wailing children had sparked anger as the images were broadcast worldwide.

"It is particularly galling that President Trump seeks to continue violating children's human rights to justify and gin up support for the anti-family language included in Speaker Ryan's anti-immigrant bill", she said. Running for the Senate, Barletta was one of the first members of the House to endorse Trump and he was at the meeting of undecided lawmakers Wednesday at the White House.

The senior aide also said that the public comments by senior Republicans like Sen.

"My wife feels strongly about it". I feel very strongly about it.

"I would do nearly anything to deter the people from Central America to getting on this very, very risky network that brings them up through Mexico into the United States", he said. For teens housed in secured facilities, the placement process became more arduous in 2017 after policy changes required Office of Refugee Resettlement Director Scott Lloyd to sign off on any placement.

"If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child may be separated from you as required by law", he said, speaking to an audience he might have imagined lurking on the other side of the border.

Rejection of both would represent an embarrassment for President Donald Trump, who has supported them.

Peter Schey, class-appointed counsel in the Flores case, said Wednesday there was nothing in the agreement that prevents Homeland Security officials from detaining children with their parents, "as long as the conditions of detention are humane and the child remains eligible for release, unless the child is a flight risk, or a danger to herself or others, or the child's parent does not wish the child to be released". Any attempt by the government to modify the agreement would likely face opposition from the lawyers who negotiated it, according to representatives of immigrant rights organizations.

"The President's Executive Order seeks to replace one form of child abuse with another". Children don't belong in jail at all, even with their parents, under any set of circumstances. "But Congress still needs to act because what they're doing, while very humane, violates something called the "Flores Settlement", which means someone's going to take this to court and they're going to get it thrown out", he said.

The 9th Circuit federal court ruled that under the agreement the United States can not hold immigrant children for more than 20 days even if they are with their parents.

Every living former first lady and the current first lady, Melania Trump - herself an immigrant from Slovenia - expressed their sorrow, or a stronger emotion, at the sight of children being separated from their parents.

Ivanka Trump was in the room to witness her father's announcement of the executive order rolling back the harshest part of the policy his team had put in place six weeks ago. But he didn't provide details on any plans to unite separated families.

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.

In order to expedite the process for deporting the family or giving them legal status, Trump orders the Justice Department to "prioritize" cases "involving detained families" - presumably jumping them in line at immigration court and cutting down the time before a judge hears their case. He did not immediately provide details of the bill, but said it resolves the issue of so-called Dreamers, undocumented adult migrants who entered the United States as children, "in a very elegant way".

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