Trump backs down over family separations

Trump backs down over family separations

Trump backs down over family separations

President Donald Trump signed an order Wednesday stopping his administration's policy of separating children from their parents if they are caught illegally crossing the USA border.

Although it was unclear if this is what Mr Trump is signing, he said he would be "signing something" and said he wants to keep families together.

In the executive order he signed on Wednesday, Trump declared it is his administration's policy to "maintain family unity", including by detaining entire families together "where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources".

The president also stated he had canceled the annual congressional picnic at the White House "It just did not feel right to me...we want to solve the immigration problem", he said. "We should be encouraging families to stay together", Abramson said.

Prior to Trump's remarks, White House aides refused to comment on rumors of an executive order and Republicans on Capitol Hill seemingly had no knowledge of a coming executive action.

One of the people familiar with Nielsen's thinking said she believes there is no certainty that Congress will act to fix the separation issue.

Nielsen is working with the other agencies, including the Justice Department, Health and Human Services and the law enforcement agencies within Homeland Security on the proposed changes.

Trump's family apparently played a role in his turnaround.

The policy had led to a spike in family separations in recent weeks, with more than 2,300 minors separated from their families at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to Homeland Security. Saudis begin Yemen offensive House panel rejects war authorization sunset it passed previous year MORE (D-Calif.) is asking the United Nations to probe the impact of the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" immigration policy at the border.

Schumer alleged that this crisis was wilfully and purposefully created by Trump through his zero tolerance policy at the border.

Parents have been told to call hotlines to find their children, and the government said it would work to schedule regular phone calls.

And daughter Ivanka Trump tweeted, "Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border". If children are to be sent here he should demand paperwork connecting those children to a parent somewhere.

The administration must end this gratuitous, cruel, and counterproductive policy that has brought such pain to innocent children and so much shame on this nation, Schumer said, adding that no law requires the separation of children from their families.

More than 50 people pushed strollers through the streets of Newark and gathered in front of the federal building where more than a dozen mothers breastfeed their babies Friday in a "Nurse-in" to protest the Trump administration's treatment of immigrant families.

Under a court settlement, the federal government can not hold the children for more than 20 days. The decision did not state parents must be released.

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