Trump signs order to end immigrant family separations

Trump signs order to end immigrant family separations

Trump signs order to end immigrant family separations

It went on, "We support the administration's efforts to enforce our immigration laws, but we can not support implementation of a policy that results in the categorical forced separation of minor children from their parents".

The family separation issue boiled over Tuesday at a House hearing on an unrelated subject, when protesters with babies briefly shut down proceedings.

Roughly two-thirds of US voters oppose the Trump administration's new family-separation policy, according to a Quinnipiac Poll released Monday.

Homeland Security officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Republicans across Capitol Hill are still deeply divided over how to solve the issue of DACA and stop families from being separated when they come to the US.

Sanford had called Trump untrustworthy and culturally intolerant, prompting Arrington's primary challenge.

"We're going to have work to do" to get the compromise across the finish line, said number three House Republican Steve Scalise. "Children do not belong in jail".

To address the rise of families being separated at the border, the measure proposes keeping children in detention with their parents, undoing 2-decade-old rules that limit the time minors can be held in custody. That department then houses them at facilities like the one in Homestead that denied entry to U.S. Sen. Other sites include temporary tent housing at sites in Tornillo, which can house 20 children and two adults.

"This executive order would replace one crisis for another".

It does, but it's uncertain for how long. Over in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that all the members of his conference supported finding a solution to family separations at the border, but what that looks like is unclear, and that worries their counterparts in the House.

GOP lawmakers, increasingly fearful of voter backlash in November, are struggling to find a way out of the problem created by the Trump administration's policy of putting all immigrants who cross the border in criminal, rather than civil, proceedings that result in family separations.

Speaker Paul Ryan is pushing ahead with votes on rival House GOP immigration bills, but neither appears to have enough support for passage, forcing the Trump administration to consider executive action to stem the crisis of family separations at the border.

So, why did Trump sign it?

Trump's meeting at the Capitol comes as lawmakers in both parties are up in arms after days of news reports with images of children confined in large wire cages and an audio recording of a young child pleading for his "Papa".

It prompted church groups, politicians and children's advocates to criticise the policy of separating children from their parents as inhumane.

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. Neither bill specifically deals with children separated from their parents, and the Trump administration pushed back against claims it had intentionally separated thousands of children from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border amid accusations that it was using the children to force Congress to pass immigration reform.

The Republican-controlled U.S. Congress is also considering legislation to address the issue.

The sights and sounds of children being ripped from their parents by government officials are not proving politically popular as the Trump administration continues to enforce its "zero-tolerance" policy toward illegal immigration.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said in a statement Tuesday that although she has not yet been asked to send troops, Rhode Island would not send any National Guard units to the border to support Trump's "immoral, unjust and un-American" policy of family separation.

Even if Republicans manage to pass an immigration bill through the House, which is a tall order, the fight is all but certain to fizzle in the Senate.

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