House to vote on closely watched immigration bills

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 21, 2018

President Trump appeared to relent under the weight of huge backlash today, signing an executive order he claims will end the much-criticized practice of separating families at the border. That's what he did on Wednesday. He says his administration was put "in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law" because of "Congress's failure to act" and "court orders".

"I did not like the sight of families being separated", Trump said, but added his team would continue its "zero tolerance policy" for dealing with anyone who crosses the border into the U.S. illegally.

As children can not go to federal jail they are sent to other detention centres while their parents await trial.

The exact contents of the executive order have not yet been revealed, but will keep families who have traveled over the border illegally, Bloomberg reported.

"We have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally", he said. Currently, there is a proposed bill in the U.S. Senate (with support from all Democratic officials) that bars families from being separated at the border.

However, the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy of prosecuting all illegal border crossings has caused an increased number of these separations.

He is, in effect, ordering family separation to be replaced with the detention of whole families together, even after earlier arguing that "you can't do it by executive order".

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a government agency that apprehends illegal immigrants, told Hindustan Times: "Based on information obtained by the US Border Patrol at the time of apprehension, it appears that seven detainees now housed at Sheridan may have been separated from family members".

Kay Bellor, vice president for programs at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, among the largest refugee resettlement agencies in the USA, said: "While children will no longer be ripped from the arms of their parents for the sole objective of deterring immigration, they will go to jail with their parents". They crossed through Mexico to reach the US border. The order will nearly certainly prompt legal challenges. "And now. everyone's talking about immigration reform and I think President Trump is getting exactly what he wants".

But others pushed back on the idea that Homeland Security had led the rollback.

"The dilemma is that if you're weak, as some people would like you to be, if you're really, really pathetically weak, the country's going to be overrun with millions of people", Trump said on Wednesday, explaining his internal debate, "and if you're strong, then you don't have any heart".

Ultimately, according to National Public Radio, ORR tries to find family members, foster parents or sponsors to take in children.

It's more believable that Trump changed coarse after seeing the video of Nielsen getting humiliated and heckled/shamed out of a D.C. Mexican restaurant.

Trump also ordered the Justice Department to expedite the adjudication of cases involving families with children when possible.

And a top Justice Department official, Gene Hamilton, described the order as a "stopgap" fix to give the courts or Congress time to overturn the 20-day limitation on the detention of children in Department of Homeland Security facilities. "The government has been faced with the choice of either splitting the family by detaining the parent and releasing the kid, or just letting the parent go too". Neither, though, did it require parents to be kept in detention, apart from their children.

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