Trump Reverses Course, Signs Order To Keep Families Together

Saul Bowman
June 23, 2018

The Pentagon will make space available on military bases for as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children detained after illegally crossing the U.S. -Mexico border, a spokesman said Thursday. Many lawmakers say Trump could simply reverse the administration's "zero tolerance" policy and keep families together.

"Some of the children are infants as young as three months of age and are completely unable to advocate for themselves", Arbulu continued. "Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!" Under the Obama administration, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation.

Former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden both denounced the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy that is contributing to the high number of children being separated from their families by the U.S. government once they illegally cross the border.

Trump and other administration officials have long resisted reversing the heavily-criticized policy of separating families, initially announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in May.

Immigrant children now housed in a tent encampment under the new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration are shown walking in single file at the facility near the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas.

The policy had led to a spike in family separations in recent weeks, with more than 2,300 minors were separated from their families at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr Cruz's bill would double the number of federal immigration judges, authorise new temporary shelters to house migrant families and limit the processing of asylum cases to no more than 14 days - a goal immigrant advocates say would be hard to meet.

Vice President Mike Pence added that they are calling upon Congress to change the laws.


Hamilton said the order takes effect immediately, but Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services can decide when to implement it.

The senior aide also said critical comments made by GOP senators who are typically allies of Mr. Trump, such as Sen.

"Imagine if you'd been born in a country where you grew up fearing for your life, and eventually the lives of your children", Obama said.

Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., said Trump told lawmakers he "would continue to support the legislation, and that people shouldn't be anxious that he would change his mind".

Planning at the Justice Department had been underway over the past several days to provide the president with options on the growing crisis, said the official, who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the effort before its official announcement. Many professionals are anxious about what is happening to the more than 2,300 youngsters who have been separated from their parents by the Trump administration.

After children are released to a parent or relative, guardians must make sure the kids attend immigration court hearings and check in regularly with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"The administration's idea of a solution to a problem it caused is to keep children jailed indefinitely alongside their parents", Rep.

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