In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation at United States borders

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 21, 2018

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday ending his administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents who were detained as they attempted to enter the USA illegally.

An earlier report from Fox News Channel said the Trump administration was considering an executive order that would allow immigrant families who cross the border illegally to stay together longer than is now permitted.

By reversing the family separation policy but continuing to aggressively prosecute adult undocumented immigrants ― while detaining their children alongside them ― the Trump administration could be setting itself up for a legal battle with human rights activists over the Flores agreement.

While the order would keep families together, it is unclear how officials will be able to navigate the legal constraints on the appropriate treatment of children under government custody, according to the report. "We are going to take action to keep families together while we enforce our immigration laws". "But we have to do more than say 'this isn't who we are.' We have to prove it - through our policies, our laws, our actions, and our votes".

President Donald Trump displays an executive order on immigration policy after signing it in the Oval Office, June 20, 2018.

It does not end the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

While migrants have been jailed pending their trial, they have been separated from their children.

She also compared the family separations to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, considered one of the darkest chapters of American history. A House Republican leadership aide says Majority Whip Steve Scalise provided the White House with a list of undecided members whom Trump "personally needs to work" on the "Goodlatte 2.0" bill, the so-called "compromise" proposal.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whom President Donald Trump has quarreled with in recent weeks over trade, also condemned the separation policy.

"I am opposed to a procedure that separates parents and children", Le Pen said. "But at the same time I think you have to understand we are keeping families together, but we have to keep our borders strong".

In most cases, that window is not enough time for those families to go before an immigration judge, so ICE has typically released families together with some form of electronic monitoring.

'When you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away'.

President Trump's backdown comes amid growing fury over the detention of children.

Most of the children and families hail from Central America and travel north through Mexico before crossing the United States border illegally. "Obviously, this is not the way we do things in Canada".

But Obama's administration also detained children, albeit with their families.

House homeland security committee chairman Michael McCaul said the president "is a thousand percent" behind the new bill, adding that families will not be separated if the bill passes.

But the Trump administration says that approach amounted to "catch and release" because numerous migrants never showed up to court.

Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is understood to be drafting an order to end the practice of separating children from their parents when they arrive at the border without papers.

House leaders have been considering two competing bills.

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