President Trump's immigration order sparks confusion, deep concern

Clay Curtis
June 23, 2018

"We were able to force President Donald Trump to end the inhumane policy of ripping apart children from their parents".

"The ideal situation is for these children and family units to be in their home country in a stable situation", he said. As he signed the order, Trump added: "You're going to have a lot of happy people".

Still, he said the president's dramatic reversal on separating children won't solve anything: "I see that as placating people".

The Democratic mayor said he didn't know until that morning that such large numbers of children taken from their parents were being brought to NY.

US Congressman Beto O'Rourke after reading the executive order was left questioning how the executive order will reunite immigrant children with their parents.

"We want security for our country", the president said Wednesday.

Republican congressional leader Paul Ryan said the House of Representatives will vote on Thursday "on legislation to keep families together".

"She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart", the statement said. "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". 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.

"Today's order is likely to just have the effect of jailing families who are seeking safety for months or years", Tumlin said.

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Morrisey says it could also provide lower-cost coverage, outside of the current marketplace. The new rule will be phased in over the next year, beginning in September.

Last month, the Trump administration enacted its "zero tolerance" policy, under which almost everyone crossing the border without authorization is charged with a federal misdemeanor.

Under a previous class-action settlement that set policies for the treatment and release of minors caught at the border, families can only be detained for 20 days. Under federal statute, those charged with felonies can not have their children detained with them. Perhaps more importantly, 70 percent of women disapprove, according to a Quinnipiac University poll taken June 14-17.

Pelosi said using terrified small children as "leverage" to push the President's anti-immigrant agenda represents an "unspeakably appalling moral low-point for our nation".

She said, "The American Academy of Pediatrics has warned that this practice of family separation 'can cause irreparable harm to lifelong development by disrupting a child's brain architecture'". The new order also held no apparent implications for 52 people from India confined in a federal detention facility at Oregon, Washington state.

Under the new executive order, the United States will allow children to stay with their parents for the duration of the court proceedings, and additional facilities - including military bases - could be used to accommodate them because a court ruling prevents children from being housed in usual detention centers.

One of them said Nielsen, who had become the face of the administration's policy, had little faith that Congress would act to fix the separation issue and felt compelled to act.

Trump's order also seeks to modify the terms of the latest settlement on the 1997 Flores case, which prohibits the government from keeping migrant children in detention for more than 20 days.

In 2016, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that child migrants who came to the border with parents and were held in custody must be released.

"I think some members sense there's growing support for the second bill and they're starting to get very anxious about it", he told reporters, noting the support from Attorney General Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, both of whom met with Republicans Wednesday to talk about the legislation. A top HHS official told Agence France-Presse on Tuesday they have no system in place to do so.

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