Trump gives in to pressure, orders end to family separation policy

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"At the time we are keeping a very powerful border and it continues to be a zero tolerance, we have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally", Mr. Trump said. It is unclear what has changed as well as what will become of the over 2,000 children who have already been taken from their parents.

The order signed by Trump doesn't appear to change anything for the children who have already been taken from their families since the policy was put into place. According to the emails from Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Customs and Border Protection has told its field offices to suspend referrals for prosecution for parents who cross the border illegally with children. As he did during a Tuesday evening meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Trump again acknowledged privately the following morning that the images of children played terribly for him, even as he speculated the media was only showing the worst pictures.

That leaves to Republicans seeking to hold onto their seats in the midterms, and also retain control of Congress, the tough task of trying to seize on GOP voters' support for stricter immigration laws while avoiding the wrath from the unseemly practice of detaining children - even if they are with their parents.

The House Of Representatives will vote on broader Immigration bills which fund President Trump's proposed border wall and reduce legal migration. Those defections - almost 1 in 5 GOP lawmakers - underscored the party's chasm over immigration and the election-year pressures Republicans face to stay true to districts that range from staunchly conservative to pro-immigrant.

Current laws including the Flores Settlement, he argued, simply encouraged people to enter the country with their children, expecting to be caught and then released into USA society.

Trump's executive order directs the attorney general to promptly file a request with U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in the Central District of California to modify the Flores Settlement and allow detained migrant families to be held together "throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings. or other immigration proceedings".

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During the course of the week, governors of the US states of Colorado, Maryland, Rhode Island and NY ordered their state assets such as National Guard personnel or equipment be refrained from being used to support the Trump administration's mission to secure the US-Mexico border.

Trump's "zero tolerance" policy refers all apprehended undocumented adults for criminal prosecution - a break with past administrations that limited criminal referral for most adults who illegally crossed into the US with their juvenile family members.

Rejection of both would represent an embarrassment for President Donald Trump, who has supported them. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said his department will start reuniting detained immigrant children with their parents - but he made no specific commitment on how quickly that can be accomplished. Just in the past few days he had insisted his hands were tied by law on the issue of family separations even though his administration implemented a "zero tolerance" policy.

But despite the presidential pomp - Trump gave Nielsen the marker he used to sign the order - the president's action is unlikely to completely fix the problem. Meanwhile, Trump administration officials themselves have conceded the law will not address the immediate problems.

"What President Trump did today was adopted a policy that expressly violates a federal court holding". The AP report also cited an adult who saw bruises and broken bones the children said were caused by guards.

The immigration lawyer was referring to Trump's bid to impose a travel ban on immigrants from five Muslim countries in addition to Venezuela and North Korea.

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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.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, an early and influential critic of the Trump policy, said the president's alternative is equally bad. Others railed against what they called Trump's human rights violations at the border. "Instead, the president is paving the way for the long-term incarceration of families".

The executive order was a rare instance of the president retreating from a decision, and he sought to tamp down any suggestion of having done so.

Trump admitted himself that the "sight" of the children being caged was a big reason for his decision.

White House officials, advocates and congressional leaders were blindsided Wednesday when word emerged that Trump was considering doing precisely what he'd forcefully claimed he couldn't do - act unilaterally to quell a growing humanitarian and political crisis.

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