Trump's Executive Order Misspells (and Ends) Family Separation Policy

Trump's Executive Order Misspells (and Ends) Family Separation Policy

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFamily immigration detention centers could be at capacity within days: report Trump likely to meet with Putin in July: report DOJ requests military lawyers to help prosecute immigration crimes: report MORE signed an executive order on Wednesday ending those separations, but is also calling for legislation.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) called out the Left.

Cincinnati resident Andrew Pappas supported President Donald Trump's decision to separate children from parents who crossed the border illegally because, he said, it got Congress talking about immigration reform.

If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for a child who arrived without parents. That's what he did on Wednesday.

The separations began after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in early April that all immigrants apprehended while crossing the US-Mexico border illegally should be criminally prosecuted.

The goal of the executive order is to shift from detaining children and parents separately to detaining the families together.

Based on Homeland Security policy and what CBS News has seen in person, claims that all kids are being separated from their parents at the border is false. Trump's new order states the attorney general will seek to modify the agreement, known as the Flores settlement, to allow Homeland Security to detain families together until criminal and removal proceedings are completed. "And we also add new judges so that we can expedite the hearing they're entitled to, and dispose of their case either by sending them back together as a family or admitting them into the country as a family".

Around 2,300 children, some as young as four, were separated from their families in the weeks since the controversial policy went into effect in May.

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It's also unclear whether Trump's order will stand up to legal muster. First lady Melania Trump, in private conversations with the president, urged him to do something, a White House official said.

But the volume of condemnation on breaking up families, from inside and outside the White House, finally overwhelmed Trump. In a media call after the order was released, senior Justice Department official Gene Hamilton suggested that, absent new authority from a federal judge to detain children for longer than is now allowed, the practice of separating families may resume at the 20-day mark.

Planning at the Justice Department had been underway over the past several days to provide the president with options on the growing crisis, said the official, who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the effort before its official announcement. The executive order includes a statement on that issue: "It is unfortunate that Congress's failure to act and court orders have put the Administration in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law". She was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home.

The House is expected to vote on two alternative immigration bills on Thursday as lawmakers work to address both child separation and securing the boarder, House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte told FOX Business on Wednesday. They crossed through Mexico to reach the USA border. "Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!" he wrote. "We are keeping a very powerful border and it continues to be - we continue to have a zero-tolerance policy". There are now three family detention facilities - one in Pennsylvania and two in Texas.

Meanwhile, the order says nothing about reuniting the more than 2,300 children who have already been separated from their parents. Putting a family together in a cage for months or years is certainly better than putting children alone in a cage for years, but that doesn't mean it isn't incredibly harsh.

He said he was looking into whether the court could block deportations of parents until they have been reunited with their children, and whether it could force the Trump administration to reunite those separated.

The agency's network of immigration jails for single adults is much larger, because ICE leases detention facilities and vacant cells from states and counties across the country.

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