Trump scraps migrant family separation policy; No respite for already separated kids

Frederick Owens
June 24, 2018

US President Donald Trump backed down on Wednesday on an immigration policy that sparked outrage at home and overseas, signing an executive order to end the separation of children from their parents when immigrant families are caught crossing the US-Mexico border illegally.

Christian children's charity World Vision has welcomed a u-turn from US President Donald Trump who has an executive order ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the US border illegally.

Both House bills, backed by Trump but opposed by Democrats and immigration advocacy groups, would fund the wall Trump has proposed along the US border with Mexico and reduce legal migration, in part by denying visas for some relatives of USA residents and citizens living overseas.

In doing so, she becomes the first Trump family member to personally witness the situation that has captured the country's attention over the past several weeks.

Mrs Trump sat alongside Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar at a table at Upbring New Hope Children's Center and heard caregivers explain how the children are well treated.

Melania Trump has gone on a damage-control mission near the Texas border with Mexico, visiting children displaced by the country's immigration crisis and showing a softer side than the hardline policies of her husband, US President Donald Trump. The executive order certainly is helping pave the way a little bit, but there's still a lot to be done'.

The Trump administration has given conflicting information about what's likely to be possible, and as of late Wednesday was in a holding pattern.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said separated immigrant children still don't know when they will see their parents again. "She wants to see a realistic view of what's happening".

Democrats in both chambers have also introduced separate bills to keep families together and limit criminal prosecutions for asylum seekers, something Republicans say will only encourage more illegal immigration. Saudis begin Yemen offensive House panel rejects war authorization sunset it passed a year ago MORE (D-Calif.) is asking the United Nations to probe the impact of the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" immigration policy at the border.

Trump first spoke out against separation at the border on Sunday, saying that she "hates" seeing children taken away from their parents.

"It's extremely troubling that the president's executive order would require immigrant families with children to be detained indefinitely".

"We need legislation that will resolve this", said Garcetti.

"We're going to have to release (families) under what's called the catch-and-release program", Judd said.

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