Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Migrant family separations: Republicans scramble as border crisis grows

Migrant family separations: Republicans scramble as border crisis grows

Since children can not be sent to the facilities where their parents are held, they are separated from them.

Just hours after doubling down on his administration's much-derided policy that triggers separations of migrant children from their parents, Trump braved frustrated and in some cases angry fellow Republicans to assure he wanted their swift resolution to the crisis.

And it was uncertain if the President's support would be enough to push any legislation through the divided Republican majority.

"T$3 his implementation of the court decision that says children need to be separated from their parents because their parent is being prosecuted - that has never happened before in the past from the time that this settlement took place through other administrations, both Democratic and Republican administrations", Meissner said.

More than 2,300 children of immigrants crossing into the United States illegally have been sent to shelters along America's southern border.

As you know, children are being forcibly separated from their families by the thousands as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, which was announced back in May.

But some worry the lack of a clear resolution could exacerbate an already tough situation as his party heads toward the mid-terms.

Rep. Leonard Lance, R-7th Dist., who signed a petition to bypass Republican leaders and bring the bipartisan bill to the House floor, said he wasn't sure the GOP-only measure would address the problem of family separations.

Trump has also blamed Congress for the mess he's in, imploring it to 'CHANGE THE LAWS!' in one tweet. If you want to get people motivated, you've got to give them a reason to vote. More than 2,300 minors were separated from their parents at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The President's frustration that ending it could simply send a signal to illegal immigrants that they can continue to make a beeline to the USA border was transparent.

Families would remain in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, rather than having minors shifted to care under the Department of Health and Human Services.

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There are 100 sites scattered across 17 states.

Some may worry that public outrage over the family separations could hurt their chances.

In 2015, a federal judge ruled that the 1997 "Flores settlement", which limits the holding of children to 20 days, applied to family-detention centres, and ordered the Obama White House to stop detaining asylum-seeking Central American mothers and children.

Instead, the children could be detained with their parents for extended periods.

"Additional funding is also going to be made available so that DHS has sufficient resources to house and care for families during this entire process", he said.

The president went to the U.S. Capitol Tuesday evening to speak with the Republican Party conference of the House of Representatives. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that would allow detained families to stay together in custody while expediting their hearings and possible deportation proceedings.

GOP senators including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME also said they've been discussing family separation legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also said he "hoped to reach out to the Democrats" about crafting a bipartisan deal in the upper chamber.

Democrats have reminded Trump that he campaigned in 2016 saying "I alone can fix it", but now is punting to Congress.

"There's no need for legislation, there's no need for anything else", Schumer added. "Has the President guaranteed that if this bill passes, that he would put a pause on [family separations] until you can get your legislation implemented?"

However, Mr Trump, who has been watching the coverage play out on television with increasing anger, has told confidants he believes the news media are deliberately highlighting the worst images - like the cages and screaming toddlers - to make him look bad.

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