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In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation

23 June 2018

There, members of the President's party are facing pressure to distance themselves from the Trump administration's policy that has led to the separation of children from their parents at the southern border.

Even with fellow Republicans demanding the separations be stopped, Trump doubled down on the policy early Tuesday, saying: "When you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away". Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and administration officials, including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Trump continued to falsely place the blame squarely on the shoulders of Democrats in Congress.

Carey spoke to CBS News about how the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy will affect America's reputation.

The spectacular about-face comes after more than 2,300 children were stripped from their parents and adult relatives after illegally crossing the border since May 5 and placed in tent camps and other facilities, with no way to contact their relatives.

A subsequent ruling in 2016 bars the government from keeping children in family detention centers for more than 20 days. We're talking about trade.

Medical providers who have visited the facilities say they are safe and clean, but the children are often crying and acting out.

They are also suing the government in the hope that a federal judge will stop family separations via a court order.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday evening about the order, Gene Hamilton, counselor to Sessions, referred questions about families that have already been separated to DHS and the Department of Health and Human Services.

"We can enforce our immigration laws without breaking families apart", said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI.

Under previous presidents, families of immigrants crossing the border without official paperwork tended to be issued with summonses for court, rather than be detained and split up.

"We should be encouraging families to stay together", Abramson said.

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Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader from NY, is adamant that Mr Trump can end the family separations on his own and that legislation is not needed.

Trump had tweeted earlier Wednesday that he was "working on something", once again blaming Democrats for refusing to support Republican legislation created to keep families detained together after they're arrested at the border.

"So what I'm asking Congress to do is to give us a third option, which we have been requesting since a year ago, the legal authority to detain and promptly remove families together as a unit", Trump said Tuesday. An audio recording purported to feature Central American children separated from their parents sobbing and wailing has also struck a nerve.

The last-minute decision came at almost the same moment the House killed another more conservative immigration bill - also supported by Trump and GOP leaders - by a vote of 193-to-231. The former director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John Sandweg, expects that hundreds of children will never reunite with their parents as a result of current policy.

Under the order, the zero-tolerance policy will remain in effect. "Instead of protecting traumatised children, the President has directed his Attorney General to pave the way for the long-term incarceration of families in prison-like conditions", said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

And members on the fence over pending immigration legislation headed to the White House to meet with Trump.

Children have therefore been taken away and held in detention centres, where they have been photographed sleeping on floors and held in cages. This has sparked anger over the appearance that his administration is effectively holding children hostage for political concessions.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Wednesday morning that the House will vote on immigration legislation, despite signs that the bills up for consideration can not pass.

"This isn't who we are", he said in a statement.

Justice Department lawyers have been working to find a legal workaround for a class-action lawsuit settlement that set policies for the treatment and release of unaccompanied children who are caught at the border, or crafting an order that would defy the settlement and force it back into court to argue for changes.

In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation