Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Trump's order stopping separation of immigrant families explained

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"We do not want children taken away from their parents", he said.

"It's about keeping families together", Trump told reporters at the White House, after signing an executive order Wednesday that he said would end the practice.

They were trying to persuade colleagues to seize the moment and tackle immigration problems by approving the bill, which includes $25 billion for Trump's border wall and a path to citizenship for young immigrants who have lived in the US illegally since childhood.

Pelosi said using terrified small children as "leverage" to push the President's anti-immigrant agenda represents an "unspeakably appalling moral low-point for our nation".

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran for president in 2016 and may do so again, lashed out at the Trump administration's family separation policy as a "human rights violation" that's doing lasting damage to the families involved.

So far, the administration has not provided details on how it plans to unite the at least 2,000 children separated from their families.

Videos of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of wailing children have sparked anger in the U.S. from groups ranging from clergy to influential business leaders, as well as condemnation from overseas.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders appeared to want to do both.

An avid viewer of cable television news, Trump recognized that the family separation issue was a growing political problem, White House sources said.

"What President Trump did today was adopted a policy that expressly violates a federal court holding". I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it.

"My wife feels strongly about it".

The policy and its upshot stirred some of the most hostile reaction yet of any Trump initiative. "At the same time, we are keeping a very powerful border and it continues to be a zero tolerance". She was at a meeting Wednesday between Trump and lawmakers at the White House.

Peter Schey, class-appointed counsel in the Flores case, said Wednesday there was nothing in the agreement that prevents Homeland Security officials from detaining children with their parents, "as long as the conditions of detention are humane and the child remains eligible for release, unless the child is a flight risk, or a danger to herself or others, or the child's parent does not wish the child to be released".


Parents crossing the border illegally with children were earlier referred to immigration courts, rather than being detained. Any attempt by the government to modify the agreement would likely face opposition from the lawyers who negotiated it, according to representatives of immigrant rights organizations.

The executive order does not address the uniting of families already separated - and existing policies place the onus on parents to find their children in Department of Health and Human Services custody and seek to reunite with them.

Lost amid the furor over the Trump immigration policy that separated families and imprisoned asylum seekers is a much younger and smaller group of 30 to 60 migrant teenagers already caught up and often locked up in Oregon.

He suggested that only the "very naive" would believe that Trump's executive order had completely resolved the problem. "Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!", he wrote.

Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a moderate Republican who has negotiated for weeks with GOP leaders to craft compromise legislation, said the president's executive order is "good news".

The U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement is responsible for placing thousands of teenage migrants apprehended at the border after they showed up at the crossing unaccompanied by a parent or adult.

Trump's executive order requires the Pentagon to make military bases near the border available to detain immigrant families.

With no Democrats voting for the bill, Republicans needed enough of their own members to get to a majority but failed to cross that threshold.

But with Democrats and immigrant advocates quickly seizing on the move - and calling the new policy "family imprisonment", the issue could still rock the midterm elections.

After visiting Capitol Hill on Tuesday night to rally a broad immigration bill, Trump said Wednesday that he still hopes that Congress will act.

Trump then accused rival Democrats of putting "illegal immigrants before they put American citizens".

He did not immediately provide details of the bill, but said it resolves the issue of so-called Dreamers, undocumented adult migrants who entered the USA as children, "in a very elegant way".

A court order said that the families can not be kept in custody by the Department of Homeland Security for more than 20 days.

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