Federal law prevents children from being held in the same detention facility as those charged with unlawful entry, causing border patrol agents to separate children from their families. The order does not end a 10-week-old "zero tolerance" policy that calls for criminal prosecution of immigrants crossing the border illegally. "But we do want to keep families together", Trump said in the Oval Office. It also doesn't change anything yet for the some 2,300 children taken from their families since the policy was put into place.
May said Wednesday that images of children in cages were "deeply disturbing". That's just what he did.
Family separation is now a huge issue in the United States, where children have been taken away from their parents as a outcome of the Trump government's "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration. One official said it was the Justice Department that generated the legal strategy that is codified in the executive order, and disputed the notion that Homeland Security was involved in drawing up the document. The language also leaves room to separate children from parents if it's best for the child's welfare. And every day that goes without action the outrage over this issue grows.
"No executive order Donald Trump signs can even begin to erase the psychological torment he's subjected these children and families to or the profound moral shame the actions of the Trump administration have brought to the country. There are workable alternatives", president Richard Cohen said in a statement.
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.
Asked about the possibility of an executive order on immigration, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters: "We'll keep you posted". And members on the fence over pending immigration legislation were also heading to the White House to meet with Trump. Assessments for possible detention facilities at military bases have already been done in Texas and another is expected in Arkansas on Thursday.
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The top Republican in the US Congress said: "We do not want children taken away from their parents". Those people were not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity. Nielsen was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home.
"We're signing an executive order". They want open borders, which breeds frightful crime. "But I am working on something - it never ends!"
"As a mother, a grandmother, and as a psychiatric social worker, I am most concerned for the physical and mental well-being of children separated from their parents at their most vulnerable time", Lee continued.
But others pushed back on the idea that Homeland Security had led the rollback.
The children are classified as unaccompanied minors, a legal term generally used for children who cross the border alone and have a possible sponsor in the US willing to care for them.
The week is ending the way it started - with lots of confusion about the policy that resulted in separating immigrant children from their parents.