North Dakota lawmakers react to President's Executive Order

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President Donald Trump signs an executive order to keep families together at the border, but says that the "zero-tolerance" prosecution policy will continue.

"We have a plan to do that", the secretary told reporters at an event in Washington Thursday morning. "And these are misdemeanors", Townsend said.

"Rather than end it, Trump is taking advantage of the outrage over the inhumanity of his family separation policy to ramp up the mass incarceration of children and parents". Anyone who opposes the president's immigration views, according to Ryan and Trump, is a willing enabler or even supporter of illegal border crossings and drugs coming in from Mexico.

Nielsen repeated her calls for lawmakers to act. "Perhaps I'd rather be strong, but that's a tough dilemma".

The outcome remains uncertain despite a frenzied effort to pull in the final votes.

The second bill was a compromise between the House GOP's conservative and moderate wings that nonetheless still faced conservative opposition.

The House will also vote on a more hard-line immigration proposal favored by conservatives.

The Republican-controlled U.S. Congress is considering legislation to address the issue.

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From March to May this year, more than 50,000 people a month were apprehended for illegally crossing the border from Mexico.

Some lawmakers said that Trump's tweet would make it harder to pass either bill, both of which face opposition from conservative immigration hardliners in the lower chamber. He called them "extremist open-border Democrats".

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

More details to come. Video footage has shown children being kept in wire cages.

The sudden implementation of the "zero tolerance" policy caused confusion and crowding within a system that was already burdened by a rise in the number of children crossing the US border alone in recent years.

The entire effort is yet another embarrassment for House Republicans, who waded into the contentious immigration debate only to see the effort crash and burn thanks to Trump and the hard-liners in their caucus.

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Republicans and Trump have raised expectations that, in control of Congress and the White House, they can fix the nation's long-standing immigration problems. The actions left parents with little or no information about where their children were being taken or when or how they would be reunited.

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It was not immediately clear what Trump, who had previously blamed the family separations on Democrats, would sign.

Pressed on the option to use executive action, Trump said "you can't do it through an executive order". However, he added, there will be an "implementation phase that follows".

Sitting in the Oval Office June 20, Trump signed an executive order that directed the Homeland Security Department to "maintain custody of alien families" while their cases move through the immigration system, "to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations".

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In the immediate aftermath of Trump's order, Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesperson for the Administration for Children and Families within HHS, told the New York Times that "there will not be a grandfathering of existing cases", suggesting that families who are already separated would not immediately be reunited. Also, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and the heads of other agencies are ordered to find or construct facilities to house the detained families.

The order also directs the Justice Department to seek a modification of a court order to permit families that enter the United States illegally to be detained together until their criminal proceedings are concluded.

"So we're going to have strong - very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together". "The U.S. attorneys along the southwest border don't typically take misdemeanors".

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