Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

President Trump says he’ll be ‘signing something’ on detained children

President Trump says he’ll be ‘signing something’ on detained children

Several hours after Obama's post - and after days of a national outcry about these immigrant children - Trump signed an executive order created to keep migrant families together, abandoning his earlier claim that the crisis was caused by an iron-clad law and not a policy that he could reverse.

"It's about keeping families together", Trump said at the signing ceremony.

Parents who are found to have crossed the border illegally with their children are arrested, but because the children themselves have not committed a crime, they are not allowed to stay with the parents.

Asked about the possibility of an executive order on immigration, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters: "We'll keep you posted".

"Tomorrow the House will vote on legislation to keep families together".

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.

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.

The government is facing growing criticism for having no system in place to reunite thousands of children with their parents after being separated at the border.

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

Since 5 May, 2,300 children have been separated from their families at the border in Mexico.

"The separations stem from the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which aims to prosecute all illegal border crossers". "I did not like the sight of families being separated", he added.

I also liked the quick statement from Democracy for America: "Donald Trump's disgusting attempt to appear heroic by signing an executive order to temporarily end a policy of systematic child abuse that he pushed for, enabled, and excused is one of the vilest, politically-craven moves we've seen in the history of American politics".

That's what seems to be happening right now with respect to the "family separation" crisis the administration has engineered via the Justice Department's "zero tolerance" policy, which Jeff Sessions announced in May. When the US-Mexico border was fortified in the mid-1990s under President Bill Clinton in the hopes of making the border more unsafe to cross, the result was predictable.

Meantime, the Justice Department sought to modify a federal court order that limits United States officials' ability to detain immigrant children longer than 20 days.

Trump campaigned on stopping illegal immigration and has fiercely defended his administration's actions.

Now, with the number of families detained rising during Trump's current immigration crackdown, questions were immediately raised about whether children will be released into foster or other care at the end of 20 days if their parents' immigration proceedings have not wrapped up.

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