Obama calls for end to the ‘cruelty’ of family separations

President Trump arrives for a meeting with House Republicans on Tuesday

President Trump arrives for a meeting with House Republicans on Tuesday

Trump's Wednesday executive order, a rare reversal for the president, followed days of bipartisan - and global - condemnation of his "zero tolerance" policy toward families crossing the border illegally. "Do we look away, or do we choose to see something of ourselves and our children?" he wrote. Existing policies place the burden on parents to find their children in Department of Health and Human Services custody and seek to reunite with them.

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would sign something "pre-emptive" soon to solve the problem of immigrant families being separated at the US southern border, which has sparked outrage in the United States and overseas. In Flores v. Lynch in 2016, the court of appeals found that a settlement agreement in a lawsuit required the release of detained children. The official did not know what prompted Trump to change course.

"This is a stopgap measure", said Gene Hamilton, counsel to the attorney general. He could have reversed the practice of splitting children from their parents with a phone call.

And it didn't do much for the teeming outrage over the issue.

"We're signing an executive order". - Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America PS: American Airlines has asked the government not to put children separated from families on its flights. Obama said in a statement posted on Facebook. "But we do want to keep families together", Trump said in the Oval Office. And officials said the cases of the children already separated and turned over to their custody would proceed as usual. She was at the White House where Trump told reporters he would be "signing something" shortly. For thousands of others, though, there's no end in sight to the separations.

The Department of Homeland Security is developing the executive action.

One of the people familiar with Nielsen's thinking said she believes there is no certainty that Congress will act to fix the separation issue. Those people were not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity.

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This is counter to what the Trump administration and the president himself has argued, claiming the president's hands were tied and that Congress only had the power to stop the separation of families. She was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home.

Trump seemed loath even to talk about immigration, but when he finally did, he stuck to the line that Congress needs to pass comprehensive immigration legislation - like one of the two bills the House will vote on later this week. "They really would like to have open borders where anybody in the world can just flow in, including the Middle East", said Trump. "Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!" Ryan has stated he does not support separation of families.

But others pushed back on the idea that Homeland Security had led the rollback.

"Let's be clear: Donald Trump and the administration he runs have spent almost six weeks systematically ripping infants, toddlers, and children from the arms of asylum-seeking mothers and fathers fleeing violence and placing them in concentration camps and foster homes".

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.

Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer said the Trump administration has been sending babies and young children to what they call "tender age facilities".

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