Trump says he'll sign order ending child-parent separation

Clay Curtis
June 22, 2018

Former President Barack Obama used the occasion of World Refugee Day on Wednesday to come out against the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families detained at the USA border.

It's not clear which bases will be used to house the children. But when people come up, they have to know they can't get in.

Republican leaders in the House are trying to put together an immigration bill that would keep immigrant children in detention indefinitely, but housed with their parents.

The Republican legislation would also provide $25bn (£19bn) in funding for border security, including Mr Trump's planned US-Mexico wall.

"I believe we can do two things at once - we can detain those who are here illegally and enforce the law, and we can simultaneously...keep families together", stated Cruz.

The domestic United States backlash to the policy has been echoed overseas.

The only other woman reportedly in the room was White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was standing.

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso said on Tuesday that the separation of children from parents at the usa border was "cruel and inhuman", and clearly violated human rights. "We want the heart", he said, "but we also want strong borders and we want no crime".

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the president and other officials have repeatedly said the only way to end the practice is for Congress to pass new legislation, though both Democrats and some Republicans have said the president could reverse it by himself.

Trump, who has made a tough stance on immigration a centerpiece of his presidency, has staunchly defended his administration's actions.

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"We have to get the Democrats to go ahead and work with us because as a result of Democrat-supported loopholes in our federal laws, most illegal immigrant families and minors from Central America who arrive unlawfully at the border can not be detained together or removed together - only released", he said.

But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer signalled no such support would be coming, saying it was already in Mr Trump's power to keep the families together.

The policy had led to a spike in family separations in recent weeks, with more than 2,300 minors were separated from their families at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to the Department of Homeland Security. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for the child who arrived without parents.

Ivanka Trump, the presidential adviser who has billed herself as a "force for good" in the administration, remained silent for days as the firestorm over forced separations of migrant families consumed the White House.

The government has said the families could be reunited eventually after the parents were processed in court.

The House of Representatives planned to vote on Thursday on two bills created to halt the practice of separating families and to address other immigration issues. Democrats are expected to vote against the bill but many Republicans, including a group of moderate lawmakers, are expected to vote for the bill.

"No one wants to separate families and the president's action will ensure that those who are crossing our border illegally are detained and our laws are enforced", he said. After the Congresswoman from Wisconsin had finished speaking, Trump told her, "Say hello to your father".

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said he hoped his measure would be matched with legislation in the U.S. Congress.

"And so there comes a point in time we draw a line and for me, the line is with these children", said Turner during a news conference Tuesday.

The draft bill was seen just days ago as unlikely to pass, but has gained support in the House, and it was unclear whether the new language about preventing family separations would improve its chances for passage.

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