Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

What caused Trump to reverse course on family separation?

What caused Trump to reverse course on family separation?

Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., told McClatchy. Immigration cases typically take much longer than that. Families will also be prioritized in the adjudication process.

US President Donald Trump said he would sign an executive action dealing with border security and separation of children from their families in detention centers for illegal immigrants.

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.

On Wednesday afternoon, congressional Democrats gathered on the Capitol steps to protest the practice of child separation.

Trump was a meeting with members of Congress Wednesday when he addressed the increase in the number of migrant children being separated from their families at the border.

"We don't want families to be separated", Pence said.

He said he was looking into whether the court could block deportation of parents until they have been reunited with their children, and whether it could force the Trump administration to reunite those separated. What happens after 20 days, the limit a court settlement now allows for children to be detained?

The House is scheduled to vote on a broader immigration package Thursday that also would allow the indefinite detention of immigrant families.

Mr Cruz's bill would double the number of federal immigration judges, authorise new temporary shelters to house migrant families and limit the processing of asylum cases to no more than 14 days - a goal immigrant advocates say would be hard to meet. It is not clear the bill will pass.

UN refugee boss concerned over US separating children from families
This is 29 lakh (2.9 million) more than in 2016, also the biggest increase the UNHCR has seen in a single year. But such resettlement programmes are a drop in the ocean, Grandi said, and they are at risk of drying up.


"We had a great meeting", Mr Trump called out as he left.

The executive order calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to seek a change in the so-called Flores settlement, which prohibits immigrant children from being detained for more than 20 days.

The exact contents of the executive order have not yet been revealed, but will keep families who have traveled over the border illegally, Bloomberg reported. There's one report this morning that Trump would support Congress forcing him to abandon his own policy, and another suggesting he is "considering" some sort of temporary executive action to keep children with their detained parents.

The department has set up new facilities to manage the influx of children, and Wagner said they were prepared to expand as more children come into custody.

The problem faced by both presidents is what to do with children who arrive at the border with no adult or legal guardian alongside them.

Representative Mark Meadows said Mr Trump told them they needed to get something done on immigration "right away".

He said there is nothing wrong with the administration seeking to modify the Flores settlement, but expects it will fail.

"Based on our serious concerns about this policy and how it's in deep conflict with our company's values, we have contacted federal officials to inform them that they should not transport immigrant children on United aircraft who have been separated from their parents", said United CEO Oscar Munoz. "We think it's a false choice".

"So we're talking about children in some cases who literately can't even communicate, have no idea what's happening to them, no ability to be in touch with their families", he said.

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