Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump supporters steadfast despite the immigration uproar

Trump supporters steadfast despite the immigration uproar

This comes barely a day after when the US president defended his policy of separating children from their families who have been illegally crossing the southern US-Mexico border, saying, to prosecute parents for illicit entry, "you have to take the children away".

They believe Trump when he falsely claims that he has no choice but to enforce an existing law.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 20 that halts his administration's family separation policy for families who have crossed the U.S. -Mexico border illegally.

The bills would also end the policy of separating immigrant families at the border. "We don't like to see families separated".

So far, the administration has not provided details on how it plans to unite the at least 2,300 children separated from their families.

Despite the executive order, the Trump administration continued to push Congress for a long-term fix to the border issues. That's just what he did.

The apparent change, which can be reversed, further illustrates the confusion over how to implement the executive order signed Wednesday by President Trump meant to halt family separations at the border. A senior Justice Department official told The Associated Press that hasn't changed.

Justice Department lawyers will seek permission to allow for the detention of families until criminal and removal proceedings are completed. As many as 60 of these unaccompanied minors can be in the system in OR at any one time. But cases where there is a concern that parents "would pose a risk to the child's welfare" have been exempted from the executive order.

And it didn't do much for the teeming outrage over the issue.

"This has been going on for many, many years". And once a parent is in an adult detention facility, it is unlikely HHS can release their child back to them, as they would not qualify as a sponsor. "Instead of protecting traumatised children, the President has directed his Attorney General to pave the way for the long-term incarceration of families in prison-like conditions", said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Almost 2000 children separated from adults at border
Led by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, 21 top state prosecutors from California to MA sent a letter to U.S. The comments came as hundreds of protestors in dozens of USA cities took to the streets in objection of the policy.

Reyna Torres Mendivil, Mexico's consul general in San Antonio, told NPR's Audie Cornish that the process would be hampered by the USA separation process, which keeps parents in federal custody while moving children into facilities controlled by the Department of Health and Human Services.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that the chamber will vote on immigration legislation on Thursday that would end family separations, but the chances of its passing are unclear.

Trump's family apparently played a role in his turnaround.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar has said his department would begin working to return detained immigrant children to their families, but did not give a timeline.

Passage of the bill was always a long shot, but failure may now come at a steeper price as Republicans - and Trump - have raised expectations that, as the party in control of Congress and the White House, they can fix the nation's long-standing immigration problems.

Two people close to Nielsen said she was the driving force behind the turnabout that led to the new order keeping families together. She was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home.

Children still in CBP custody when Trump's executive order went into effect now will stay there until their parents return from court proceedings, then be detained with them, an announcement made Thursday by the border agency implies. He called them "extremist open-border Democrats". Children don't belong in jail at all, even with their parents, under any set of circumstances. Under the policy, adults would be charged with a felony rather than a misdemeanor for crossing the border.

But the reversal, which could face a legal battle, likely won't apply to the more than 2,300 children who have already been separated from their parents, the Department of Health and Human Services said. But immigrant children are only allowed to be held for 20 days, according to a 21-year-old landmark court decision known as the Flores agreement.

In 2015, a federal judge in Los Angeles expanded the terms of the settlement, ruling that it applies to children who are caught with their parents as well as to those who come to the US alone.

British Prime Minister Theresa May declared the U.S. is wrong to separate migrant children from their parents, but rejected calls to cancel Trump's visit to the United Kingdom next month. Neither, though, did it require parents to be kept in detention, apart from their children.

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