Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Trump reverses family separation policy after backlash

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Patty Aguilar | 21 June, 2018, 15:57

At least four children have joined those ranks in recent weeks, the first to arrive in OR after being separated from their families under the controversial Trump administration policy aimed at discouraging illegal immigration.

"Now, we're going to keep them together". That's just what he did.

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. But for extended detentions to keep families together beyond that timeframe it is "critically important" for Judge Dolly Gee of the U.S. District Court of Central California to make a ruling, according to Hamilton. "The previous policy was handcuffs for parents", the Oregon Democrat said.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the National Sheriffs' Association convention in New Orleans, Monday, June 18, 2018.

Under the order, the Homeland Security secretary will, with some exceptions, maintain custody of immigrant families while any legal proceedings concerning illegal entry or immigration status involving their members are pending implementation. It's unclear what happens if no changes to law or the settlement take place by the time families reach the detainment deadline. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for the child who arrived without parents. "We're working on a much more comprehensive bill", Trump said before signing the order.

The Trump administration has been enforcing what it refers to as a "zero-tolerance" policy, and photos have surfaced of children being detained away from their parents in cage-like facilities. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement.

With this, he also called on Democrats for support.

The plaintiffs argue that border agents and detention officials "sadistically tease and taunt parents and children with the prospect of separation, and doing so using words and tones indicating that Defendants' employees and agents enjoy the pain and suffering that the very idea of separation causes to parents and children".

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

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Mr Blackford said her answer was "disappointing" and insisted that "we should all be unreservedly condemning the actions of Donald Trump". Then, in a barely concealed and cynical attempt at self-preservation, he added: "I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated".

At the meeting on Wednesday, Trump went around the room asking the members of Congress, all Republicans, for their thoughts, most of which lavished praise upon the president. Assessments for possible detention facilities at military bases have already been done in Texas and another is expected in Arkansas on Thursday.

Trump had previously falsely claimed that only Congress-with the help of Democrats-could stop the policy. She was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home.

'Our immigration laws are the weakest and worst anywhere in the world, and the Dems will do anything not to change them & to obstruct-want open borders which means crime'. "I want border security".

He would be taking "pre-emptive" action as the White House and lawmakers scramble to deal with fallout over the adminstration's "zero-tolerance" policy.

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.

But the measure, combined with the flow of unaccompanied minors attempting to cross the border illegally, has prompted a surge in the number of children in United States shelters.

The Trump administration was simply following the law.

In 2015, a federal judge in Los Angeles expanded the terms of the settlement, ruling that it applies to children who are caught with their parents as well as to those who come to the USA alone.

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