Monday, 16 July, 2018

Trump Abandons His Policy Of Separating Immigrant Families

What happens to immigrant kids who've already been separated from their parents Migrants in McAllen Texas wait to be transported to a detention center
Lisa Bryan | 23 June, 2018, 04:29

A federal prosecutor said "there was no prosecution sought" in light of Trump's executive order ending the practice of separating families.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order that stopped the separations.

Republicans said they were uncertain if either House measure would have enough votes to pass. Trump told House Republicans on Tuesday night he would support either of the bills.

"This is a bill that has consensus". Democrats seized the opportunity to highlight yet another one of the Trump administration's self-inflicted wounds, but die-hard Trump supporters see no issues with the president's about-face.

Brookings Institution senior fellow Bill Galston, a presidential scholar and a Clinton White House official, described it as "classic blame shifting" and said the president was in an "unsustainable position and would like to be bailed out of it without having to admit fault".

In a surprise move, Trump suggested that he would postpone a picnic for USA lawmakers and their families at the White House scheduled for Thursday while they sort out the immigration issue.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, right, speaks while White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, left, and Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Kevin McAleenan, look on during the daily briefing in the White House on June 18. Ahead of voting Thursday, the results of the outreach were mixed. "They are seeking asylum alleging persecution in India, and it would be absurd for the Indian government to help them establish that", said a former Indian immigration official who did not want to be identified. "It won't be easy". "'Oh, what! So awful, what he said!'" Trump mocked.

The House GOP compromise bill is the product of hard-fought negotiations between the conservative and moderate factions that dragged on for several weeks. All Democrats and 41 Republicans opposed the legislation.

Trump continued his hard-line rhetoric at a rally in Duluth, Minnesota, on Wednesday evening, reprising a pledge he made earlier in the year to add immigration curbs to the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada as part of a renegotiation. It is expected to fail.

The rejected conservative bill would have granted no pathway to citizenship for young "Dreamers" who arrived in the country illegally as children, curbed legal immigration and bolstered border security. During the campaign, he insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall. And it revises the longstanding preference for family visas in favor of a merit system based on education level and work skills.


Government officials familiar with early drafts of the executive order spoke to NBC News about how the order is supposed to allow families to be detained together, but the "zero tolerance" policy of charging people with a misdemeanor for entering illegally would remain and continue to be enforced. The settlement was later modified to say that children should not be held longer than 20 days.

Trump's order also calls for prioritising immigration cases involving detained families. If the new policy is rejected by the courts, which the administration acknowledges is a possibility, the debate could move back to square one.

"We're gonna have strong, very strong borders, but we're gonna keep the families together", Trump told reporters at the White House.

They will now be detained in the same holding cells as their parents, but for how long remains uncertain. Meadows said he was now opposing the bill.

"We do not want children taken away from their parents".

"I thought the whole point of this was to reunite the kids", John Sandweg said. "I was not yelling". Even if it passed, it faced little future in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, would need 60 votes and Democratic support to pass it.

The policy and its upshot stirred some of the most hostile reaction yet of any Trump initiative. A federal court challenge has kept the DACA program running for now.

Meadows, chairman of the 30-member caucus, said that the compromise bill was "not ready for primetime". It doesn't have the votes, multiple aides have said.

Wednesday's move marked a rare instance since Trump took office in January 2017 in which he has changed course on a controversial policy, rather than digging in.

"For those children still in Border Patrol custody, we are reuniting them with parents or legal guardians returned to Border Patrol custody following prosecution", a CBP spokesperson said in the statement.

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