US House of Representatives to vote on immigration bill

US House of Representatives to vote on immigration bill

US House of Representatives to vote on immigration bill

The Trump administration has been under increasing pressure from the public, religious leaders and Democrats in Congress, as well as most Republicans to end the practice of separating children from parents at border detention facilities.

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"We worked very hard to keep our commitments and to be flexible throughout this process, and I truly hope that colleagues who up to a couple days ago were working with us constructively would now turn around and blow up our agreement", he said.

Justice Department officials have huddled since Wednesday morning working on an executive order for the President to sign that will address the separation of families, according to a source familiar with the plans. They've been separated from other children by age and gender.

Children and workers are seen at a tent encampment recently built near the Tornillo Port of Entry on June 19, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas.

The domestic USA backlash to the policy has been echoed overseas. "It was barbaric to separate children from their parents". Obama's top domestic policy adviser, Cecilia Muñoz, told the New York Times in a recent interview that the former administration had considered a family-separation policy but ultimately opted against it. "Prison is no place for kids". That settlement, reached in 1997, required the government to limit the time it kept unaccompanied minors in detention, and to keep them in the least restrictive setting possible.

The president says his administration is trying to balance rigorous enforcement of US immigration laws and pursue its policy of maintaining family unity.

A separate case by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging family separations - but not the "zero tolerance" policy - argues that families have the right to remain unified.

With the uproar continuing to mount, including among Republicans on Capitol Hill, Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to "keep families together", even as he vowed to "maintain toughness" on border security.

"Children and families belong in communities, not in family concentration camps", said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. As of June 4, the total population of the facilities was around 2,600. On Wednesday, Trump signed an executive order that challenges Flores and will keep adult border crossers and their children in detention together until they are deported.

Separately, Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with Senate Republicans privately amid GOP fears about the political fallout from the separation policy.

He referred questions about family reunification to HHS and DHS.

It does not end the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy. Do you know someone else we should interview for this story? "They don't need jail".

ORR has 100 sites scattered across 17 states, which means children can be on the other side of the country from their parents. In May, the Trump administration announced all adults attempting to enter the country illegally would be prosecuted.

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