Trump Reverses Migrant Separation Policy
- Jacqueline Daniels
It is unclear what will happen to detained children and parents now that Trump has retreated from his 6-week-old practice of splitting families that illegally cross into the United States.
The action came after a firestorm of protest from administration opponents and allies, reacting to pictures and sounds of young children traumatized by their separation from their parents at the hands of US authorities. "Instead, the president is paving the way for the long-term incarceration of families". It also calls into question numerous administration's recent claims about the basis of the "zero tolerance" policy that was announced by Sessions in April. Children would be separated from adults who are not their parent or who have serious criminal records, or if there is evidence of abuse or trafficking.
By virtue of this policy, families who crossed together illegally would in some cases be separated, prompting a sweeping outcry from Democrats and immigration advocates.
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.
Trump's opponents, however, were not satisfied with the executive order, asserting that this was not enough.
The policy, with mandatory separation of children from adults, was announced May 7 as a deterrent.
The short answer is: It's too early to tell.
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Trump, whose administration weeks ago began separating hundreds of children from their parents at the border, did not describe the specifics of the order.
As a crisis of migrant children separated from their families provoked a groundswell of national outrage, President Donald Trump insisted he was powerless to act through an executive order.
Those youngsters would remain separated while their parents were under federal custody during immigration proceedings, according to The New York Times, before officials backed off those comments late Wednesday.
Current laws including the Flores Settlement, he argued, simply encouraged people to enter the country with their children, expecting to be caught and then released into U.S. society.
What's happening right now is that the horrifying images of children being torn from their parents' arms have spurred House Republicans to take one more shot at broad immigration reform.
"The family separation process that has been widely publicised is not at all aligned with the values of American Airlines - we bring families together, not apart", the carrier said in a statement on Wednesday. However, a former ICE director has said some family separations are "permanent".
"The compromise bill is not ready for prime time and hopefully we'll be able to make it ready for prime time", he said.
"Our focus is on continuing to provide quality services and care to the minors in HHS/[Office of Refugee Resettlement] funded facilities and reunifying minors with a relative or appropriate sponsor as we have done since HHS inherited the program". Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has set up a hotline for parents to call after they are released from custody. "I think everybody believes that".
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People who know the process fear it could be overwhelmed by the addition of thousands of more children.
"We have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office of the White House as he signed the executive order. Many Republicans fear a backlash from the Republican base if they vote for the legislation and Trump turns against it.
Who will detain the families?.
The order maintains an exception for when a child is at risk or there is concern the parent would pose a risk to the child's welfare. The "temporary detention policy" also is only in effect "to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations".
Where will the families be held?.
It also directs the Department of Defense to take steps to house detained immigrant families as needed. It is unknown how the agencies will proceed now that the zero tolerance policy has been effectively neutered.
Many cases can be resolved in six months if a suitable family member can be found.
There are now far more beds for single adults in the government than for families. Standing behind Trump are Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, and Vice President Mike Pence. Officials compared it to being a "landlord" but not responsible for the management of the housing, security, food services or other activities. The case has gone through a prolonged and fierce legal battle all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Trump, U.S. Republicans to meet amid furor over family separation policy
Later, he declared during remarks at a hotel that he had no choice but to remove children from their parents at the border. Of these, 10,000 were sent across the border unaccompanied, according to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
"This Executive Order doesn't fix the crisis", tweeted Sen.
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