Trump Approves Suspension Order of Separating Families

US President Donald Trump said he didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated

Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the USA border. 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".

The text of the executive order said the Trump administration would continue its policy of "rigorously" enforcing immigration laws, but would "maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources". Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that would prohibit migrant families from being separated.

Trump did not say how the 2,300-plus children already taken from their families would be reunited.

The news in recent days has been dominated by searing images of children held in cages at border facilities, as well as audio recordings of young children crying for their parents - images that have sparked fury, question of morality and concern from Republicans about a negative impact on their races in November's midterm elections.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order that stopped the separations.

Under a previous class-action settlement that set policies for the treatment and release of minors caught at the border, families can only be detained for 20 days.

As quickly as Trump reversed course on the separation matter, speculation mounted over the fate of the advisers who crafted the policy: Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Miller, the 32-year-old policy aide who has drawn liberal ire for his uncompromising immigration stance.

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Due to widespread backlash, Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that will effectively put an end to his policy. Yalena, of Honduras, cries as her mother is detained near the border on June 12 in McAllen, Texas.

Trump's order is already facing stiff resistance from lawmakers and may face an uphill court battle. As many as 60 of these unaccompanied minors can be in the system in OR at any one time. Children would be separated from adults who are not their parent or who have serious criminal records, or if there is evidence of abuse or trafficking.

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

"For those children still in Border Patrol custody, we are reuniting them with parents or legal guardians returned to Border Patrol custody following prosecution", a CBP spokesperson said in the statement.

The agency will place children at facilities around the country.

Underestimating the public's reaction was a colossal blunder that was abetted by a president who believes he is immune to political consequences - that he could, as he said in the 2016 campaign, "stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and not lose any voters".

What they didn't know, apparently, was that the policy would horrify their own people; that Americans would recoil in shock from the images of a bawling child alone among uniformed agents.

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

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Trump's order came after he and other officials repeatedly said only Congress had the power to stop children and their parents from being separated.

Worldwide organizations, human rights groups, and several countries have condemned the practice of family separations.

The House killed a hard-right immigration bill Thursday, and Republican leaders delayed a planned vote on a compromise GOP package with the party's lawmakers fiercely divided over an issue that has long confounded them.

Two people close to Nielsen said she was the driving force behind the turnabout that led to the new order keeping families together. They suggested that the end justified the means, and they blamed Congress - just as the president has. She was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home.

"We have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office of the White House as he signed the executive order. They want open borders, which breeds disgusting crime.

On a practical level, the zero tolerance policy has overwhelmed the federal agency charged with caring for the new influx of children who tend to be much younger than teens who typically have been traveling to the USA alone. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for a child who arrived without parents. To achieve its goal of prosecuting all illegal-entry cases, the government must hold parents in detention-but Flores bars the government from holding children under such circumstances for long periods of time.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) now separates most families when they are apprehended for illegal border crossing, Reid notes.

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Sessions acknowledged then that it would mean separating parents from children if they come into the USA illegally. Nielsen said agents are not acting cruelly, but are enforcing the laws passed by Congress.

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