US House of Representatives to vote on immigration bill

21 June, 2018, 09:03 | Author: Wade Massey
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"So Im going to be signing an executive order in a little while before I go to Minnesota but, at the same time, I think you have to understand, were keeping families together but we have to keep our borders strong".

'I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated, ' the president stated. But images of young children in tears, housed in metal cages, set off an worldwide outcry.

The inaction sparked global outrage, including criticism from Pope Francis and opposition from world leaders.

But the Trump administration says that approach amounted to "catch and release" because numerous migrants never showed up to court.

The former vice president said the "real key" to addressing a surge of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the border is to deal with the problem in the countries undocumented immigrants are fleeing.

Most of the children and families hail from Central America and travel north through Mexico before crossing the United States border illegally.

On Wednesday, he claimed the Democrats "won't give us the votes to pass good immigration legislation".

Separately, Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with Senate Republicans privately amid GOP fears about the political fallout from the separation policy.

Ryan declined to say whether the president would commit to an immediate moratorium on family separation, but hinted that the administration is exploring "interim measures".

It does not end the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

Iran, which tends to seize any opportunity to criticize U.S. government policy, also spoke out against the separation of families.

In the cases of repeat offenders or other serious criminals, children would be placed in the care and custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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US Customs and Border Protection has said 2,342 children were separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border between 5 May and 9 June. Protesters were galvanized to act after distressing photos and stories hit social media depicting children separated from their parents and sleeping in cages, crammed five in a room at repurposed Walmarts, or in so-called "tent cities" at costs reportedly exceeding what it would take to keep families together.

There's a number for an ORR parent hotline and the ICE call center, as well as two emails to reach ORR and ICE staff.

As of June 9, the three facilities had almost 2,600 of those beds occupied, according to the latest available ICE figures. As of mid-June, the three centers were almost full, meaning ICE would potentially need to place children in its much larger network of immigration jails for adults.

Trump and other administration officials, including Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, defended the policy up to the last minute, insisting that they enacted it in part because of a 2015 court order that cited a 1997 settlement known as the Flores agreement that says children can not be held in long-term detention, even with their parents. Ryan has stated he does not support separation of families.

ICE is already stretched to capacity with adult detainees.

Trump's own wife was among those urging him to reverse course.

THE FACTS: It doesn't solve the problem.

Trump has asked Sessions to request a change to Flores that would permit DHS to detain families together throughout their criminal proceedings for improper entry, or for any removal or other immigration proceedings-under present resource constraints.

A court ruled those detention centers violated the law and that families should be released together.

Trump's decision marks a major shift for his administration. "We can enforce our immigration laws without tearing families apart".

He blamed "fake news" reports on children being put into detention camps, adding: 'I don't want children taken away from parents.

The order is titled "Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation". "Bill O'Reilly said this is terrible".

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