Trump's Executive Order On Family Separation: What It Does And Doesn't Do

Trump To Sign Executive Order To End Family Separation At Border

U.S. President Donald Trump, facing domestic and global backlash, signed an executive order Wednesday to end the administration's controversial practice of separating migrant children from parents crossing the U.S. border illegally.

Trump said Wednesday that while "we're going to have strong, very strong borders. we're going to keep families together".

The order does not end the "zero-tolerance" policy that criminally prosecutes all adults caught crossing the border illegally. In a media call after the order was released, senior Justice Department official Gene Hamilton suggested that, absent new authority from a federal judge to detain children for longer than is now allowed, the practice of separating families may resume at the 20-day mark.

Die-hard Trump supporters remained steadfast, even as heart-rending photos of children held in cages and audio of terrified children crying out for their parents stoked outrage among Democrats and Republicans alike.

Even as late as Tuesday evening, Trump adamantly insisted to staff that his hardline stance on immigration - the most potent issue of his 2016 presidential campaign - would help the Republican Party with voters in November's midterm elections.

The apparent change, which can be reversed, further illustrates the confusion over how to implement the executive order signed Wednesday by President Trump meant to halt family separations at the border.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will seek an immediate modification of the Flores settlement agreement, which prevents Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from detaining families together for more than 20 days.

The president had, for most part, struck a defiant note as he tried to use the plight of the children to force congress to pass a broader law enhancing border security, curbing family based immigration.

But in the immediate aftermath of the order - which was drafted, signed and posted all within just a few hours on Wednesday - questions arose about what practical effect the order really had. It's unclear what happens if no changes to law or the settlement take place by the time families reach the detainment deadline.

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"Whenever they used to restrain me and put me in the chair, they would handcuff me", said a Honduran immigrant who was sent to the facility when he was 15 years old.

US Health and Human Services spokesperson Kenneth Wolfe said in a statement later on Wednesday that migrant families already detained for illegal entry into the United States will not be immediately reunited with their families as directed in Trump's executive order.

Trump's family apparently played a role in his turnaround. "It's about keeping families together, while at the same time being sure we have a very powerful, very strong border", CNN quoted Trump, as saying.

The House is poised to take action on two Republican immigration-reform bills, but it was not clear Wednesday if House leaders would be able to muster enough support to pass either. "We can enforce our laws and keep families together.". Those people were not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity.

That move could lead to new legal battles for the administration. Nielsen, who'd become the face of the separation policy after the contentious briefing on Monday, was heckled at a Mexican restaurant a block from the White House.

Both House bills, which Democrats and immigration advocacy groups oppose, would fund Trump's proposed wall and reduce legal migration, in part by denying visas for some relatives of US residents and citizens living overseas. They want open borders, which breeds terrible crime. "Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!", he wrote.

The zero tolerance policy, with mandatory separation of children from adults, was announced May 7 as a deterrent.

The president who had declared as a candidate that "I alone can fix" the nation's problems in recent weeks threw up his arms and said only Congress could solve the problem of children being separated from their parents - and then reversed course once again. In the past, the government released entire families once the clock ran out. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for a child who arrived without parents. But it appeared that the time parents can stay with their children is capped at 20 days.

Fiery Democratic leaders from Vermont to New Jersey to Texas met President Donald Trump's executive order to stop dividing immigrant families with deep skepticism, promising waves of protests, border visits and congressional oversight to shine new light on the Republican administration's immigration tactics.

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