Published: Fri, June 22, 2018

Trump says he'll be 'signing something' to keep families together

Trump says he'll be 'signing something' to keep families together

But he added that the policy "continues to be a zero tolerance ..." It would also end the diversity-visa lottery program, which makes eligible 55,000 people for entry each year from countries that are underrepresented, and cut the family-based visa program.

Border authorities have been dealing with children who come to the USA without a parent for many years.

That would most likely violate the 1997 "Flores Settlement" agreement that limits the Government's ability to keep children in detention.

An administration official said Trump would sign an order that would require immigrant families to be detained together if they are caught crossing the border illegally. The decision did not state parents must be released.

But in fact they show thousands of youngsters detained at the U.S. border under the Obama administration in 2014.

The House of Representatives is preparing this week to vote on a moderate immigration bill.

Trump's decision to end the policy himself, though, represents a rare retreat for a president who often appears to court controversy.

The president also called on Congress to address the situation. "Or, prosecute them and then under court cases and the law, they have to be separated from their children".

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. They want open borders, which breeds disgusting crime.

Two senior aides tell O'Keefe GOP leadership had no formal heads up from the White House.

The issue drowned the Republican Party's preferred campaign message about a booming economy and delivered harrowing footage of wailing toddlers into American living rooms.

Trump went on to say that "if you're strong, [then] you don't have any heart", alluding to the criticism he's received about the child separations. But, at least for the next few weeks, it would keep families together while they are in custody, expedite their cases and ask the Defense Department to help house them. I feel very strongly about it.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also said he "hoped to reach out to the Democrats" about crafting a bipartisan deal. Female suburban voters are considered crucial in deciding control of Congress this fall.

Former President Barack Obama joined the national conversation about the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents, writing Wednesday that the "cruelty" of such actions is un-American.

But immigrant advocates say that's misleading because customs officers aren't allowing many to enter the they can legally claim asylum, forcing them to try to find other ways in. "We have to prove it ― through our policies, our laws, our actions, and our votes".

In an interview with Reuters news agency, Pope Francis said he supported recent statements by US Catholic bishops who called the policy "contrary to our Catholic values" and "immoral". "Populism does not resolve things. This is not something that happened just now", he said. "This is not something that we agree with".

In the executive order he signed on Wednesday, Trump declared it is his administration's policy to "maintain family unity", including by detaining entire families together "where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources".

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