Despite executive order, families may not be put back together

Despite executive order, families may not be put back together

"The Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary), shall, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, maintain custody of alien families during the pendency of any criminal improper entry or immigration proceedings involving their members", the order states. The move has resulted in the USA government sending thousands of children to holding camps around the country, images of which have sparked global outrage, even from within Trump's own party.

Despite the order, there was no plan in place to reunite the thousands of children already separated from their families, according to multiple U.S. media reports, citing officials from the Health and Human Services Department.

Because federal law prohibits children from being held in the same detention facility as those charged with unlawful entry, border patrol agents have separated children from their parents who are prosecuted for entering the US illegally.

The president's U-turn on the separation of children from their parents comes amid growing fury across the US's political spectrum over the detention of children, some as young as seven months old.

The president said his wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka, who reportedly have been applying pressure on him to drop the policy in recent days, "feel strongly" about ending the practice of separating migrant families.

"The administration still plans to criminalize families - including children - by holding them in prison-like detention facilities". You can find out more information on that and on locally organized events right here.

Trump is seeking to have the settlement overturned, but his Justice Department said Wednesday that the 20-day policy essentially remains in effect until Congress or the courts take action to change that.

The detention center is a former Walmart store that was sold in 2016 to a buyer funded by a loan from a company that houses unaccompanied migrant children.

Trump said under current law, only two policy options are available: "Totally open borders, or criminal prosecution for law breaking".

"The President doesn't get any brownie points for moving from a policy of locking up kids and families separately to locking them up together".

In a lengthy Facebook post, he took a thinly-veiled shot at President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that has left bereft and panicked children in facilities away from their parents at the border.

Trump was a meeting with members of Congress Wednesday when he addressed the increase in the number of migrant children being separated from their families at the border.

"Congress needs to provide a permanent fix for this situation", he said. He said separating children was "unacceptable" adding it was "not the way we do things in Canada".

"We're having a lot of problems with Democrats that don't want to vote for anything", he said.

The Anti-Defamation League, though, said the order is not a humane solution.

"That's the reality for so numerous families whose plights we see and heart-rending cries we hear", the 44th president continued.

Though the House is supposed to vote on immigration Thursday, a conservative leader within the GOP conference says the bill "is not ready for primetime".

In 2015, a federal judge in Los Angeles expanded the terms of the settlement, ruling that it applies to children who are caught with their parents as well as to those who come to the US alone.

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