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

Leroy Wright
June 22, 2018

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

His administration's zero-tolerance policy toward children accompanying parents seeking political asylum in the United States is strongly embraced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, despite his personal falling out with Mr. Trump.

The 193-231 vote came a day after 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 ending the controversial practice of separating children from parents who cross the border illegally. Over 2,300 children have been separated from their parents since the policy was enacted.

Numerous well-documented accounts of young immigrant children being separated from their alien parents at border locations are flooding television screens and newspaper columns across the country.

Citizens, members of Congress and reporters with "gotcha" questions about family separation could demonstrate their altruism by volunteering to house immigrant families, but the hosts should be required to assure that their "asylum seekers" show up for scheduled hearings. The government says that only happens when immigrants can not prove family relationship or when there is evidence children have been abused.

Wednesday's move was the most significant policy reversal by Trump since he took office in January 2017.

Amid a firestorm of criticism, President Donald Trump has blamed Democrats and inaction in Congress for the family separation policy. If children are to be sent here he should demand paperwork connecting those children to a parent somewhere.

At an evening rally in Minnesota, Trump defended his executive order, but unlike previous events in front of friendly crowds, he devoted only a small portion of his speech to immigration.

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Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to stop the separation of families at the border. "Welcome to America", the headline on the cover says.

Both first lady Melania Trump and Nielsen reportedly had roles in the changing course. But the jacket she wore on the plane upended the official narrative.

The White House may run into legal difficulties if the executive order requires families to be held intact together indefinitely since a federal consent decree known as the Flores settlement says children must be released after 20 days.

He continued to blame the Democrats for the policy, having previously said it is "their law" that causes separation at the border.

He would be taking "preemptive" action as the White House and lawmakers scramble to deal with fallout over the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.

The Republican-controlled US Congress is also considering legislation to address the issue.

Here we are Friday, with a few hundred children reunited so far - including a boy whose mother was among the first parents to sue the federal government to get him back.

The effort would mark a dramatic turnaround for an administration that has been insisting, wrongly, that it has no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of the law and a court decision.

He says the compromise bill negotiated between Republican conservatives and moderates "is Plan B". And he may have slammed the door on a legislative fix with a single tweet. "Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem".

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