Trump Approves Suspension Order of Separating Families

Edited by Adam Vieyra  Mother Jones

"It is still very early and we are awaiting further guidance on the matter", said Brian Marriott, senior director of communications at HHS's Administration of Children and Families. Text the word "NEWS" to 22840.

"Of course we don't want families to be separated". According to an inside account of the president's retreat reported by the Washington Post, the president surprised aides - some of whom had gone out and aggressively defended the policy following their boss's lead - by asking them on Wednesday morning to prepare a draft executive order to end the controversial policy.

"The ideal situation is for these children and family units to be in their home country in a stable situation", he said.

At a later campaign-style rally of supporters in the northern state of Minnesota, he reiterated that the change does not mean a softening at the border.

"We're going to have strong, very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together", Trump said.

Trump then accused rival Democrats of putting "illegal immigrants before they put American citizens".

Family separations soared after the Justice Department's April announcement that all unlawful border crossings would be criminally prosecuted set in motion what officials described alternately as a predictable chain of unintended consequences, or a deliberate effort to pressure Congress to finally enact the president's immigration priorities.

Akemi Vargas, 8, cries as she talks at a protest in Arizona about being separated from her father. "And we will have that - at the same time, we have compassion". The more than 2,000 children who already have been moved to the care of the Department of Health and Human Services won't be immediately reunited with family members.

A poll by Quinnipiac University, taken June 14-17, found that the public opposed separating parents from children by 27%-66%. If the new policy is rejected by the courts, which the administration acknowledges is a possibility, the debate could move back to square one.

USA government earlier approved policy to separate children from their parents trying to cross the US-Mexico border illegally. "I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it", Trump said.

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Goodlatte is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a key player on immigration legislation before the House this week. The two immigration bills under consideration in the House could address the separations, but the outlook for passage is dim.

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Earlier, as countries marked World Refugee Day Wednesday, global leaders assailed Trump for the separations.

Senator Bob Menendez underscored that the administration will continue to implement its zero-tolerance policy.

Trump and his top officials attempted to justify their action by saying it was required by law, but no such law exists. "These individuals are from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and China".

Wednesday's order directs Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to detain families together when they are apprehended after crossing the border, and allows the immigrants to be housed on military bases. In practice, the ORR says this process takes about two months.

Almost all of the arriving families, and many others, have officially requested asylum, citing the incessant violence in their home countries. He did call on Congress to alleviate the plight of the separated children - but reiterated that his hands were tied.

Republicans said they were uncertain if either House measure would have enough votes to pass. Trump told House Republicans on Tuesday night he would support either of the bills.

The Flores settlement, named for a teenage girl who brought the case in the 1980s, requires the government to release children from custody and to their parents, adult relatives or other caretakers, in order of preference. Some Republicans have also joined Democrats in expressing concerns over it. But for some opponents of the plan, that's an unsatisfactory change.

Anastasia Tonello, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association said the detention of families - parents and children - who pose no flight risk or danger to the community is simply "unacceptable, abrogates global responsibilities to refugees, and goes against our country's most fundamental values".

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