Will sign 'something' to keep families together

Politicians visit border amid outrage on family separation

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

The "zero-tolerance" approach to illegal immigration means that anyone crossing the border is immediately arrested and detained until they obtain a legal judgement, which mostly ends in deportation.

Harris also noted that the executive order does not say anything about reuniting the more than 2,000 children who have been separated from the parents as part of the policy. The president said images of children in detention "affect everyone" but said images from the Obama administration were worse.

The spectacular about-face comes after more than 2,300 children were stripped from their parents and adult relatives after illegally crossing the border since May 5 and placed in tent camps and other facilities, with no way to contact their relatives.

The first lady has been working for several days behind the scenes, encouraging the President to keep families together, a White House official told CNN. Chinese social media users are scratching their heads over a "Chinese proverb" US President Donald Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka posted to Twitter as her father prepared for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Schumer said with most Americans against family separations, it's Republicans "feeling the heat on this issue, and that's why they're squirming".

While Mr Trump held firm to his tough immigration stance in an earlier appearance on Tuesday, he acknowledged during the closed-door meeting that the coverage of family separations is taking a toll. And officials said the cases of the children already separated and turned over to their custody would proceed as usual.

"It's about keeping families together while at the same time being sure that we have a very powerful, very strong border", Trump told reporters after signing the order in the Oval Office.

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Signing an executive order to reverse his own administration's practice would also be unnecessary since nearly everyone in Washington, apart from the President, agrees that he already has the power to end the separations any time he wants.

Trump has continually falsely blamed Democrats for laws he said required the separation of migrant families, though no law requires family separation and the zero-tolerance policy was implemented by his administration alone.

The news in recent days has been dominated by searing images of children held in cages at border facilities, as well as audio recordings of young children crying for their parents - images that have sparked fury, questions of morality and concern from Republicans about a negative impact on their races in November's midterm elections. "We have record-setting numbers in every way economically, but we want to solve this immigration problem, which is going on for four years more". The number of children separated from their parents and sent to HHS has increased to about70 per day.

The second option is a compromise between conservatives and Republican moderates. The official did not know what prompted Trump to change course.

A 2015 court order now prevents the federal government from detaining children with their parents in detention centers for more than 20 days.

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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"We do not want children taken away from their parents", Ryan, R-Wis., said. As parents awaited trial, they were separated from their children.

ICE operates two large family detention centers in Texas and a smaller facility in Pennsylvania, with a combined capacity for about 3,000 beds.

"We need to embrace our legacy as a safe haven for the persecuted and stop subjecting bona-fide refugees to further trauma by locking them up while they pursue their lawful claims to relief", Tonello said.

"It's the Democrats fault, they won't give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation", he tweeted.

Both bills include language to end the controversial White House policy of separating migrant parents from their children at the border.

Justice Department lawyers have been working to find a legal workaround for a class-action lawsuit settlement that set policies for the treatment and release of unaccompanied children who are caught at the border, or crafting an order that would defy the settlement and force it back into court to argue for changes.

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