Trump Signed a Decree to End the Division of Migrant Families


Trump's order also requests that the Defense Department make facilities available on military bases to house detained immigrant families or to construct new facilities.

Amid growing political pressure, the president issued an executive order Wednesday addressing his administration's policy of separating migrant children and parents at the US border.

Democrats have said that the situation is Trump's fault, and accused him of using the children as leverage to force them to negotiate on immigration and the president's long-promised border wall.

Niurka Lopez of MI said Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy made sense because her family came to the USA legally from Cuba and everyone else should, too.

"The first lady has been making her opinion known to the president for some time now", a White House official said, "which was that he needed to do all he could to help families stay together, whether it was by working with Congress or anything he could do on his own".

Heart-rending images and sounds of wailing children separated from their guardians have led to a firestorm of opposition to the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration. That's just what he did.

President Donald Trump's administration separated nearly 2,000 immigrant children from their parents at the border over the span of six weeks from mid-April through May. A senior Justice Department official said that hasn't changed. But immigration advocates criticize that move as allowing a more indefinite detention of families until criminal and removal proceedings are completed, signaling legal battles ahead. Hamilton also voiced support for legislation that would allow for prolonged detention of children alongside their parents.

And it didn't do much for the teeming outrage over the issue. None of them were accompanied by minors or family members. "There are workable alternatives", president Richard Cohen said in a statement. And officials said the cases of the children already separated and turned over to their custody would proceed as usual.

Trump's family apparently played a role in his turnaround.

TRUMP: "We're keeping families together, and this will solve that problem".

"I don't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated", Trump added.

Trump announced his intent to sign the order at the White House earlier in the day, but reiterated his hardline stance on immigration and border security. Those people were not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity. On Monday evening, she faced protesters at her home. "Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!"

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 law, children entering the U.S. alongside adults fall under the Office of Refugee Resettlement's care while those criminal cases are pursued. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for a child who arrived without parents.

Lopez, 54, said Trump "really cares for the United States of America and the people of the United States of America and to protect us from people that want to hurt us".

In 2015, a federal judge in Los Angeles expanded the terms of the settlement, ruling that it applies to children who are caught with their parents as well as to those who come to the United States alone. And two lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia-one on behalf of a mother from Guatemala released from custody but not yet reunited with her son, and one on behalf of three migrant parents separated from their children in detention.