Trump To Sign Executive Order To End Family Separation At Border

After huddling for 45 minutes with fellow Republicans to discuss immigration, Trump exited a meeting room only to be shouted at by a handful of House Democrats angry over the thousands of children who have been separated from their parents as they cross into the country.

But the reversal, which could face a legal battle, likely won't apply to the more than 2,300 children who have already been separated from their parents, the Department of Health and Human Services said.

For this reason, Tania Unzueta, an organizer with the immigrant justice group Mijente, responded to Trump's announcement with caution. That settlement, reached in 1997, required the government to limit the time it kept unaccompanied minors in detention, and to keep them in the least restrictive setting possible.

Unfortunately, few interviewers will press the Trump team on their lies, who will quickly shift to the "Problem solved!" talking point.

President Donald Trump indicated he would take action shortly to both improve security on the border and help keep families together, speaking briefly with reporters Wednesday. The exception would be if a child's welfare was at risk. He also pointed out that some of the images of children being detained dated back to 2014, when Barack Obama was president, and claimed that the situation in 2014 "blew away what's happening now". In addition, the decree constricts the definition of family to parents and children, excluding aunts, grandparents and other loved ones.

We are also left with question as to whether the "zero tolerance" policy is constitutional as it is being implemented and whether the administration is equipped to care - at huge taxpayer expense - for those who came here desperate to escape from their home countries.

"Under current law, we have only two policy options to respond to this massive crisis".

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Pope Francis also joined the public outcry, telling Reuters he agreed with US Catholic bishops that separating children from their parents at the border was "immoral".

Photographs of children warehoused in cages and tapes of them sobbing have provoked widespread outrage in recent weeks.

The executive order directs the attorney general to promptly file a request with U.S. District Judge Dolly Gree in the Central District of California to modify the Flores Settlement and allow detained migrant families to be held together "throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings. or other immigration proceedings".

So far that experience is not going well. "We don't think families should be separated".

One final point: Each and every child taken into USA custody must be accounted for and returned to his or her parent. Since at least 2015, mothers incarcerated with their children have staged protests and hunger strikes within immigrant prisons-and testified to the horrific conditions they have faced. "We risked our own lives and those of our children so we could arrive on safe ground".

"These loopholes have created a massive child smuggling trade", Trump said. Trump adds that the word "compassion" comes into it. Trump has been trying to win over congressional support on immigration amid a crisis along the border involving the separation of immigrant children from their families. Children can't be jailed with their parents. "But we do want to keep families together", Trump said in the Oval Office. "Families seeking safety need protection and opportunity, not detention".

Sarah Lazare is web editor at In These Times.

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