Trump orders end to migrant family separations, caving to pressure

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 22, 2018

Indeed, that is just what businessman Michael Bloomberg plans to do, putting $80 million of his own money, the New York Times reported, to defeat Republican members of Congress who support the president.

The speaker stressed Republicans "do not want children taken away from their parents" but he did not commit to holding a vote on stand-alone legislation to end family separation.

"Tomorrow the House will vote on legislation to keep families together". "We have no desire to be associated with separating families, or worse, to profit from it", the company said in a statement. The children are put into the custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with the aim of keeping them as close to their parents as possible and reuniting the family after the case goes through the courts, said Steven Wagner, an acting assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services.

"I don't think either of them can pass right now", Davidson said.

On Wednesday afternoon, congressional Democrats gathered on the Capitol steps to protest the practice of child separation. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said Americans were "standing up for children, standing up for those who are in need".

As Gutierrez spoke, his microphone was cut off because the gathering in the chamber was considered a breach of decorum. That was considered a breach of decorum.

Donald Trump has said he is signing a decree to end family separations at the border, as the US House prepares to vote on a compromise immigration bill.

Among those who have urged an end to the policy on Wednesday was Pope Francis, who wrote on Twitter that "a person's dignity does not depend on them being a citizen, a migrant, or a refugee". "Saving the life of someone fleeing war and poverty is an act of humanity".

Justice Department lawyers had been working to find a legal workaround for a previous class-action settlement that set policies for the treatment and release of unaccompanied children who are caught at the border. It also authorizes up to $7 billion for family residential centers, ensuring DHS has access to funds to house more families.

The order also provides that the Department of Homeland Security won't detain an immigrant family together "when there is a concern that detention of an alien child with the child's alien parent would pose a risk to the child's welfare". He said "it's not easy, but populism is not the solution".

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.

Trump has been trying to win over congressional support on immigration amid a crisis along the border involving the separation of immigrant children from their families. If you've been fortunate enough to have been born in America, imagine for a moment if...

Nielsen paid her bill and left after about 10 or 15 minutes.

President Donald Trump's immigration executive order attempts to solve one contentious action - the separation of families - but will bring back another - locking them up together indefinitely. If this horror didn't make Republicans politically unpalatable amongst independents, they would certainly continue it unabated.

Trump's decision to relent was a reversal since he had gambled that he could use the plight of the children and public outrage to ram through his hardline changes to immigration police in legislation. Many Republican lawmakers face tough re-election bids in November's midterm elections.

In recent weeks, some 2,500 children who crossed the USA border illegally along with their parents have been separated from them.

Wednesday's order leaves several unanswered questions: What happens to the more than 2,000 children already separated from their parents since April; where will the families be housed?

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