Congress struggles to end family separations at border

President Donald Trump talks to the press after a meeting Tuesday at the Capitol with the House Republican Conference

Top Democratic leader Congressman Joe Crowley said while this order stops the separation of children from their parents, it does not end the administration's despicable policy of unreasonably detaining asylum seekers and families fleeing violence.

After huddling for 45 minutes with fellow Republicans to discuss immigration, Trump exited a meeting room only to be shouted at by a handful of House Democrats angry over the thousands of children who have been separated from their parents as they cross into the country.

The Trump administration separated more than 2,000 children from their parents since early May, garnering overwhelming backlash from the public.

Trump said the executive order is about keeping families together while at the same time making sure that they have a very powerful and strong border.

But the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, enacted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions 75 days ago, led to family separations as it states that everyone who tries to cross the border illegally would be criminally prosecuted. We're talking about trade.

Before the president signed the order, lawmakers from both parties, mindful of how frequently Trump reverses course - particularly on immigration, where he has repeatedly shifted positions within the course of hours - waited to see the details of what it would do. She said the number of adults and children arriving at the border who fraudulently claimed to be a family group rose 314 percent between October 2017 and February, without specifying the number of cases.

The executive order, signed by Trump, asks the Department of Homeland Security to keep families together while people await trial for illegal border crossing.

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.

"We want to keep families together". Former first lady Laura Bush wrote that the family separation policy is "cruel".

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But he went ahead Wednesday with a scheduled trip to Duluth, Minnesota, including a nighttime "Make America Great Again" campaign rally for a Republican congressional candidate. Forty-one Republicans joined all the Democrats to defeat that bill, which would have funded President Trump's border wall, slashed legal immigration, and provided temporary legal status to some undocumented immigrants. The president's surprise decision comes after images of children being separated from their parents erupted a national political firestorm.

The second option is a compromise between conservatives and Republican moderates.

The agency's network of immigration jails for single adults is much larger, because ICE leases detention facilities and vacant cells from states and counties across the country.

Under the order, the zero-tolerance policy will remain in effect. "I don't want children taken away from parents".

The issue struck an emotional chord, with accounts of children screaming and crying in facilities prepared for them. "It's a problem that's gone on for many years, as you know, through many administrations".

Gene Hamilton, a senior Justice Department official, said the executive order was a "stopgap" move and that Congress needs to pass new legislation to give the president more powers to fight illegal immigration.

A 2015 court order now prevents the federal government from detaining children with their parents in detention centers for more than 20 days. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that would allow detained families to stay together in custody while expediting their hearings and possible deportation proceedings. Those include the Flores settlement and other laws that prevent migrant children from being detained for extended periods after they're caught illegally crossing the border.

It contains several of Trump's main priorities, including border wall funding, protecting young "Dreamer" immigrants who were brought to the country as children and curbs on legal immigration programs such as an end to the visa lottery.

On Thursday morning, the president injected another wrinkle when he suggested in a tweet that the two House immigration votes were a waste of time because neither measure could pass the Senate - a statement that further undercut the Ryan bill, instead of serving as a persuasive closing argument.

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