Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump To Sign Executive Order To End Family Separation At Border

Trump To Sign Executive Order To End Family Separation At Border

"It's certainly the case that right now we have the lawful authority to detain a family unit for up to 20 days", said Gene Hamilton, counselor to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The news in recent days has been dominated by searing images of children held in cages at border facilities, as well as audio recordings of young children crying for their parents - images that have sparked fury, questions of morality and concern from Republicans about a negative impact on their races in November's midterm elections.

The administration has consistently said that it was forced to separate families due to a court case known as "the Flores Settlement". That's what he did on Wednesday.

The order comes on the heels of repeated efforts by the Trump administration to double down on its "zero-tolerance" policy aimed of separating children from their parents at the border, which Sessions claimed is justified in the Bible-earning him widespread rebuke.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the House will vote on the immigration bill Wednesday but offered no back-up plan if the measure fails.

President Donald Trump announced today that he would be signing an executive order "to keep families together". For this reason, the National Domestic Workers Alliance is calling for people across the country to mobilize "like never before" for planned nationwide protest against the Trump administration's family separation policy on June 30.

For weeks, Trump had insisted he was bound by law to split the children from their parents and that only Congress could resolve the problem - before he radically shifted gears. The new order also held no apparent implications for 52 people from India confined in a federal detention facility at Oregon, Washington state. "This is not the UK's approach", May told British lawmakers on Wednesday.

The administration has previously been mocked for spelling Theresa May's name as "Teresa" throughout a memo highlighting her visit to the White House.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on two bills created to end family separations formally and deal with other immigration issues.

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Trump's about-face came just a day after he appeared unrepentant about the policy at a meeting of small business leaders.

Following the meeting he tweeted: "Republicans want security".

This meant the custody of minors had to be transferred to Health and Human Services and the minor reclassified as an unaccompanied minor.

Pictures and accounts of the separations sparked outrage and a rebellion among Republicans in Trump's own party, as well as global accusation that the U.S. was committing human rights violations.

'I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated, ' the president said on Wednesday.

In a lengthy Facebook post, he took a thinly-veiled shot at President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that has left bereft and panicked children in facilities away from their parents at the border.

"We have compassion, we want to keep families together", Trump said. He said separating children was "unacceptable" adding it was "not the way we do things in Canada". She was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home.

The executive order marks a major change for the president and his administration.

The Department of Justice chief said: "Well, it's a real exaggeration, of course". A senior Justice Department official said that hasn't changed. They crossed through Mexico to reach the USA border.

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