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July 21 2018, 08:08 | Irvin Gilbert
Trump Announces He Will Sign Executive Order To End Family Separations At Border
"We're going to have strong, very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together", Trumpsaid.
According to a White House official, USA first lady Melania Trump "has been making her opinion known" to her husband that he needs to do whatever he can to keep families of migrants together.
The order is titled "Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation".
Just before President Trump told reporters he would reverse course and seek to keep the families together in detention, a White House official said that "from the start Mrs. Trump has been encouraging the president to do all he can to keep families together".
Billy Inman of Woodstock, Georgia, said he felt sorry for the children but that their parents were responsible. It allows the Department of Homeland Security to detain families together "under present resource constraints".
Trump's "zero tolerance" policy refers all apprehended undocumented adults for criminal prosecution - a break with past administrations that limited criminal referral for most adults who illegally crossed into the USA with their juvenile family members.
Trump said he did not like "the sight or the feeling" of the separations that have stirred widespread opposition to his administration's practice.
Meanwhile, Democrats spent Wednesday morning calling on Trump and congressional Republicans to end the policy in speeches on the House floor.
A Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll released on Tuesday showed fewer than one in three American adults supporting the policy.
As Gutierrez spoke, his microphone was cut off because lawmakers and children gathered around him as he spoke.
The sole female invitee, according to a list sent out by the White House, was Representative Liz Cheney.
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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.
Obama's post comes the same day Trump reacted to national and worldwide outrage over the border policy by saying he'd be "signing something in a little while" that would resolve the concerns about the border policy. At least two senior aides say GOP leadership had no formal notice from the White House that he planned an executive action.
"We have seen no information so far on reunification plans and procedures", the person said.
The Journal talked to a vice president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, who took 150 children that were separated from their parents with foster families around the country.
With emotions running high, a handful of House Democrats protested the Trump meeting, yelling out at Trump in a rare face-to-face demonstration against a president by sitting members of Congress.
House Democrat Juan Vargas participated in a loud and rare protest against a sitting president by US lawmakers inside the US Capitol.
While top officials have stood by Trump's "zero tolerance" approach, insisting children are being held in humane conditions, criticism has swelled from worldwide rights groups, Christian evangelicals, former USA first ladies and the president's own Republican Party. I sent a letter asking the United Nations to send observers to investigate the unconscionable separation of families at the border.
On Wednesday, American Airlines, United Airlines and Frontier Airlines said they did not want their planes used by the USA government to transport the migrant children. Without Democratic support, Republicans can not muster the 60 votes needed to move forward on legislation. But it appeared that the time parents can stay with their children is capped at 20 days. Instead, the children could be detained indefinitely with their parents.
The Trump administration insists the family separations are required under the law. Theirs is narrow legislation proposed by Sen.
The Trump administration is now seeking to amend an existing decree known as the Flores settlement in an effort to allow families to be detained together indefinitely (currently children can not be detained longer than 20 days).
The order requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to, "by the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations", hold in custody families, or members of families, who face pending criminal charges for illegal entry or other immigration proceedings-that is, both criminal and administrative proceedings.