A week of questions, tears and finger-pointing on immigrant family separations

A week of questions, tears and finger-pointing on immigrant family separations

NY has separately announced plans to sue. Instinctively combative and fond of chaos, Trump usually digs in on controversial policies, rather than backing down. If children are to be sent here he should demand paperwork connecting those children to a parent somewhere.

It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision.

New York City's mayor says he was surprised to learn a children's center in Harlem is caring for 239 migrant children separated from their parents by federal immigration officials.

The policies of separating children from adults who are being prosecuted were in place during the Obama administration and date back to former president George W. Bush. "Do we look away, or do we choose to see something of ourselves and our children?" he wrote.

"No executive order Donald Trump signs can even begin to erase the psychological torment he's subjected these children and families to or the profound moral shame the actions of the Trump administration have brought to the country".

It also directs the Department of Defence to take steps to house detained immigrant families as needed. From Chris Hayes, a prediction: As far as I can tell, whatever the president signs today will not end the so called "zero-tolerance" policy that is flooding the system with criminal prosecutions of desperate people who are overwhelmingly seeking asylum.

The Republican-controlled US Congress is also considering legislation to address the issue. And members on the fence over pending immigration legislation were also heading to the White House to meet with Trump.


"We are working on a much more comprehensive bill", Trump said.

It followed Paul Ryan's announcement that the House of Representatives would vote on a bill which would keep families arriving at the Mexican border together.

Their cases usually take years to resolve because of the big backlog in immigration courts, where judges decide whether the children can stay in the USA or must be returned to their home countries.

The compromise bill is plan B to the Goodlatte bill, which GOP leaders have long said doesn't have the votes to pass. One official said it was the Justice Department that generated the legal strategy that is codified in the executive order, and disputed the notion that Homeland Security was involved in drawing up the document. "Bottom line is this: We are going to take action to keep families together while we enforce our immigration laws". Media reports have appeared about heart-rending scenes of children crying for their parents. We've seen images of boys on metal benches in chain-link enclosures at United States government-run facilities.

More than 2,000 minors have been separated from their families since early May. "But because of a 1997 order and related decisions, children can not be detained for longer than 20 days with the adults", writes Fox News.

"Basically you can only hold people for 20 days so it keeps the families together for at least that period of time while we hopefully get a legislative fix", said Representative Mark Meadows, chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, after the briefing.

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