Is Trump Actually Going to Do Anything About Family Separation?

Trump Announces He Will Sign Executive Order To End Family Separations At Border

Here's how Trump and other administration officials said earlier on family separations before Trump announced the upcoming executive order.

It all began with a new Trump administration policy, enacted in mid-April, to refer every person caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution, including those who arrive with children.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the House will vote on the immigration bill Wednesday but offered no back-up plan if the measure fails.

But at this point Senate Democrats, who keep pointing out that Trump could fix the problem with a stroke of a pen, aren't onboard; parallel efforts in the House can't go anywhere until Republicans finish up their votes on the two broader immigration bills; and worst of all, the White House hasn't blessed any particular strategy.

"The dilemma is that if you're weak, if you're weak, which some people would like you to be, if you're really, really pathetically weak, the country's going to be overrun with millions of people", Trump said.

The California Democrat asked the U.N.to investigate operations under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the border and "throughout the more than 17 states around the country that are now housing children who have been separated from their families".

"As parents we refuse sit by while the government removes children from their parents at the USA border", the organizers said when they announced the event.

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The Trump order, an unusual reversal by him, also moves parents with children to the front of the line for immigration proceedings.

The policy had led to a spike in family separations in recent weeks, with more than 2,300 minors separated from their families at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to Homeland Security. "I did not like the sight of families being separated", he added. It's still unclear whether the official line is that family separation is a wise policy created to deter illegal border crossings or a tragic but unavoidable byproduct of immigration laws or a proudly humanitarian way to provide "summer camp" with video games and soccer for kids whose parents are bad, bad people.

It also directs the Department of Defence to take steps to house detained immigrant families as needed.

"As I said last week, we do not want children taken away from their parents". He could have reversed the practice of splitting children from their parents with a phone call.

Meantime, the Justice Department sought to modify a federal court order that limits United States officials' ability to detain immigrant children longer than 20 days.

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 USA alone.

The family separation issue has provoked huge criticism of Donald Trump and his immigration crackdown, even from those who are generally on his side with regards to the issue. Neither, though, did it require parents to be kept in detention, apart from their children.

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