U.S. Holding Immigrant Children in 17 States Under Trump Policy

U.S. Holding Immigrant Children in 17 States Under Trump Policy

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he supported the executive order.

The separations began after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in early April that all immigrants apprehended while crossing the US-Mexico border illegally should be criminally prosecuted.

Trump went on to say that "if you're strong, [then] you don't have any heart", alluding to the criticism he's received about the child separations.

"The first lady has been making her opinion known to the president for some time now, which was that he needed to do all he could to help families stay together", an official said.

A chorus of critics - rights groups, Christian evangelicals, former USA first ladies and some within the president's own Republican party - are demanding an immediate end to the family separations.

On Tuesday, Trump met with congressional Republicans, urging them to pass a border security bill that would amend the current laws, which the Department of Homeland Security says require them to house minors in separate facilities from their parents who are being charged with crossing the border illegally.

After long insisting that Congress alone could solve the problem, the Republican president seemed ready to take the matter into his own hands.

The exact contents of the executive order have not yet been revealed, but will keep families who have traveled over the border illegally, Bloomberg reported.

"These are crippling loopholes that cause family separation, which we don't want", Trump said.

"The pictures of children being held in what appear to be cages are deeply disturbing".

"We don't want families to be separated", Pence said.

It does not end the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

May said she she "unequivocally" believed what the United States administration was doing on its border was "wrong". Debbie Wasserman Schultz slamming the administration after they were denied entry to a shelter in Homestead, Fla., that is housing more than 1,000 migrant teenagers. "Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!" he wrote.

It's unclear whether the president is supportive of the measure.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the House will vote Thursday on legislation which keeps families together when immigrants are prosecuted at the border.

There are questions now about what Homeland Security will do with the families that cross over, and also how the government will reunite children with families.

In May, the Department of Justice adopted the zero-tolerance policy in which anyone caught entering the US illegally is criminally prosecuted.

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