Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Trump calls on GOP to fix family separation crisis as anger grows

Trump calls on GOP to fix family separation crisis as anger grows

"Under current law, we have only two policy options to respond to this massive crisis". And you want to be able to do that.

"A person's dignity does not depend on them being a citizen, a migrant or a refugee", Pope Francis, a staunch supporter of migrant rights, said in a tweet.

He said, "We are keeping families together".

The House leadership compromise bill would essentially overturn a policy that caps how many days (understood to be 20) that children can stay in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, and would mandate that family units would stay together during criminal proceedings (which is now the driving force behind the separations given the administration's "zero tolerance" policy).

"This is a stopgap measure", said Gene Hamilton, counsel to the attorney general. If caving into intense political pressure wasn't enough of a setback for the president, his executive order also misspelled the word "separation" as "seperation". "They don't need jail". "I feel strongly about it", Mr. Trump said. "I don't want judges, I want border security". And later that afternoon, almost two dozen members boarded white vans - alongside GOP leaders - to go straight to the White House to meet with Trump. It does not, however, end the "zero-tolerance" policy that criminally prosecutes adults entering the country without proper documentation.

The children are largely from Central American countries, where violence and gangs have forced many to flee.

It also moves parents with children to the front of the line for immigration proceedings.

During his remarks Wednesday, President Trump again called on Congress to pass legislation to address the issue created by his administration's policy. "We can not remain silent in the face of these horrifying stories", The letter states. A compromise bill crafted by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has a chance of passing this week and could bring a halt to the separations of children from their parents at the border.

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Trump's separation policy even drew ire from Marine Le Pen, who is notoriously anti-immigrant. Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith & Freedom coalition of evangelical voters, added to the drumbeat to end the child separation policy Tuesday, calling on Congress to pass legislation that would end the process as part of a broader immigration overhaul.

Ryan told reporters he prefers to see parents and children detained together in custody, as the GOP bills provide.

U.S. President Donald Trump displays an executive order he signed that will end the practice of separating family members who are apprehended while illegally entering the United States. Lawmakers are expected to vote on the bills this week.

Cruz's bill would double the number of federal immigration judges, authorize new temporary shelters to house migrant families and limit the processing of asylum cases to no more than 14 days - a goal immigrant advocates say would be hard to meet. "I think we all are concerned about making sure these children are treated in a compassionate and humane way".

Just weeks ago, Republicans had gained ground on the immigration issue when Democrats in California and other states imposed sanctuary policies that galvanized many conservatives in opposition. He's now headed to the border town of Tornillo, Texas where he will meet other mayors from across the country on Thursday to attempt to gain access to the detention center at an entry-point there.

The Trump administration has defended the policy of mandatory arrests of all people crossing the border illegally, which prompts separation of children from their parents as their case awaits adjudication.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services - which is responsible for housing and caring for the already separated children - told NBC News it has no new orders on how to handle the children in its custody.

Gov. Charlie Baker was the first Republican governor to declare that he would not send National Guard troops to the border in response to the "cruel and inhumane" policy.

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