Trump Reverses Migrant Separation Policy

Donald Trump signs order to end family separations

Donald Trump signs order to end family separations

Family separations soared after the Justice Department's April announcement that all unlawful border crossings would be criminally prosecuted set in motion what officials described alternately as a predictable chain of unintended consequences, or a deliberate effort to pressure Congress to finally enact the president's immigration priorities.

The move reverses a tough policy under heavy pressure from his fellow Republicans, Democrats and the worldwide community. Neither is the long-term plan for families who are detained jointly. The administration is not ending its "zero tolerance" approach to border prosecutions.

In the Texas border city of McAllen, federal prosecutors unexpectedly did not pursue charges against 17 immigrants.

The executive order seeks to work around a 1997 consent decree that bars the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention - even if they are with their parents - for more than 20 days. 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.

The executive order seeks more authority to detain families together until the end of their immigration proceedings.

A sweeping House GOP immigration overhaul teetered on the brink of collapse Thursday as lawmakers struggled to move past an issue that has become politically fraught amid the dire images of families being separated at the border.

Trump's order is already facing stiff resistance from lawmakers and may face an uphill court battle.

"Separating mothers from small children is not a winning issue for him", Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Darrell West told Xinhua.

The short answer is: It's too early to tell.

Customs and Border Protection officials said Tuesday that, from May 5 to June 9 they had taken 2,342 children from their parents after attempted crossings at the Southwest border.

In that program, children typically are connected with friends, relatives or other suitable volunteers to care for them, but in most cases, the children were alone when they entered the U.S. illegally.

"Whenever they used to restrain me and put me in the chair, they would handcuff me", said a Honduran immigrant who was sent to the facility when he was 15 years old.

Meanwhile the Senate is working on a narrower compromise bill focusing on the family separations.

During the course of the week, governors of the US states of Colorado, Maryland, Rhode Island and NY ordered their state assets such as National Guard personnel or equipment be refrained from being used to support the Trump administration's mission to secure the US-Mexico border.

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The United Arab Emirates ambassador to UN agencies in Geneva maintained the Saudi-Emirati coalition had no choice but to act. The US has been supplying crucial information to the Saudi-led coalition, as well as refueling their warplanes.

In a day of confusion and conflicting reports, the Trump administration began drawing up plans to house as many as 20,000 migrants on US military bases. "We still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want".

"I thought the whole point of this was to reunite the kids", John Sandweg said. "They're not government facilities per se, and they have very well-trained clinicians, and those facilities meet state licensing standards for child welfare agencies, and they're staffed by people who know how to deal with the needs - particularly of the younger children".

"We will keep families together, but the border is going to be just as tough", he said.

Who will detain the families?

The order has two additional provisions regarding the Justice Department.

"I don't want children taken away from parents".

But there's a catch that says the families will be detained to the "extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations" - again something that remains to be worked out.

Where will the families be held?

Senator Bob Menendez underscored that the administration will continue to implement its zero-tolerance policy.

There are now far more beds for single adults than for families.

"This has been going on for 50 years, longer". They said they believed Trump and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen when they falsely claimed that they had no choice but to enforce an existing law.

President Donald Trump said North Korea had returned on Wednesday (June 20) the remains of 200 US troops missing from the Korean War, although there was no official confirmation of the move from military authorities. Officials compared it to being a "landlord" but not responsible for the management of the housing, security, food services or other activities. Along with the 2015 court case that the Obama administration lost, a 2016 Ninth Circuit of Appeals ruling decided that the Flores settlement "unambiguously applies both to minors who are accompanied and unaccompanied by their parents".

Trump's order also calls for prioritising immigration cases involving detained families.

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