Trump says will sign executive order to avoid family separations

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 22, 2018

President Donald Trump said he would be signing an executive order later Wednesday that would end the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the border illegally.

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Acknowledging the overwhelming criticism, President Trump said at the White House that he would sign an order to keep migrant families together, despite for days insisting that only a new law passed by Congress could halt the separations.

The Trump administration has come under attack by religious leaders, Democrats and Republicans as reports surfaced that more than 2,000 children have been separated from their families since the Department of Homeland Security initiated a "zero tolerance" policy.

Trump had tweeted earlier Wednesday, "It's the Democrats fault, they won't give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation". It says that while the administration will "rigorously" enforce immigration laws, it is "also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources".

"So we will be officially postponing the congressional picnic for tomorrow". "Tomorrow the House will vote on legislation to keep families together".

"No one wants to separate families and the president's action will ensure that those who are crossing our border illegally are detained and our laws are enforced", he said.

Trump has claimed from the beginning that it was a Democratic policy that demanded he separate children from their parents at the border.

The "zero-tolerance" approach to illegal immigration means that anyone crossing the border is immediately arrested and detained until they obtain a legal judgement, which mostly ends in deportation. I feel very strongly about it.

"All of a sudden they weren't there anymore", Trump said.

Before departing for Minnesota, Trump signed an executive order to keep families together at the border.

People protest against the Trump administration policy of separating immigrant families suspected of illegal entry, in New York, June 19, 2018.

But Trump and his allies have resisted, arguing that Trump can not end family separations without first closing "loopholes" in immigration law that they say perpetuate illegal immigration.

In his Wednesday statement, the former president suggested Americans should hold their lawmakers accountable to such promises.

Signing an executive order to reverse his own administration's practice would also be unnecessary since nearly everyone in Washington, apart from the President, agrees that he already has the power to end the separations any time he wants.

"We've wrestled with this issue for a decade", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pointed out Tuesday.

Conservative Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, told NPR's Rachel Martin that both bills represent a compromise, and neither has sufficient support. But Trump has pulled them to the right with his hard-line policies - a proposed wall, a zero-tolerance policy on people trying to cross into the United States illegally, an unapologetic and unrelenting effort to separate thousands of children from their parents over the past six weeks.

Their cases usually take years to resolve because of the big backlog in immigration courts, where judges decide whether the children can stay in the US or must be returned to their home countries.

Both Republican bills in the House, which Democrats and immigration advocacy groups have blasted, would fund Trump's border wall and reduce legal migration, in part by denying visas for some relatives of USA residents and citizens who are living overseas, sometimes referred to as "chain migration".

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