Trump says he'll sign executive order to end family separation at border

Trump to ‘sign something’ on immigrant family separations

Tornillo detention center where immigrant teenagers are being held by the US government. Reuters

"We are keeping a very powerful border and it continues to be a zero tolerance".

It proposed that all immigrants apprehended should be criminally prosecuted under the country's criminal entry statute.

Under previous U.S. administrations, immigrants caught crossing the border for the first time tended to be issued with court summonses and released. "It was barbaric to separate children from their parents".

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. Taken by the Associated Press at the Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona, run by US Customs and Border Protection, it shows two young girls sleeping on mattresses in what appears to be a caged holding cell.

"This is a tragedy that children are being separated from their parents", he said.

Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday, and those on the fence over pending immigration legislation headed to the White House to meet with Trump. Those children have been placed in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement under the Department of Health and Human Services, which manages care for unaccompanied minors.

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"The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable", al-Hussein said on Monday.

He blamed "fake news" reports on children being put into detention camps, adding: 'I don't want children taken away from parents.

"I'm glad he's taking some action, but the real action ought to be - he ought to be engaged with us in meaningful immigration reform so we don't have this crisis in the first place", Sen.

It does, but it's uncertain for how long.

While it will not reverse the "zero-tolerance" policy on immigration, Trump is expected to sign an executive order that will let families to be held together during prosecution and deportation, according to CBS News.

By reversing the family separation policy but continuing to aggressively prosecute adult undocumented immigrants ― while detaining their children alongside them ― the Trump administration could be setting itself up for a legal battle with human rights activists over the Flores agreement.

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Trump's zero tolerance policy was meant to change those incentives, using the criminal code to punish illegal immigrants. His comments came amid a heartbreaking leaked recording of a detained migrant girl crying out for "Mami" and "Papa".

The administration has consistently said that it was forced to separate families due to a court case known as "the Flores Settlement".

"I think some members sense there's growing support for the second bill and they're starting to get very anxious about it", he told reporters, noting the support from Attorney General Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, both of whom met with Republicans Wednesday to talk about the legislation.

So, why did Trump sign it?

Trump's executive order instructs DHS to keep families in custody "to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations", language that points to the government's deficit of detention space for parents with children.

Indications of a potential shift in administration thinking came an hour after Speaker Paul Ryan said the House would vote Thursday on a compromise between conservative and Republican senators that would address the issue of family separations.

However, there is conflicting information circulating about whether all kids are being separated at the border.

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