Mayor learns more than 200 separated migrant children in NYC

Mayor learns more than 200 separated migrant children in NYC

Mayor learns more than 200 separated migrant children in NYC

Under an executive order Trump signed Wednesday, immigrant families that cross the border illegally will be kept in detention centers together, potentially for months as their asylum cases proceed.

But despite days of heart-wrenching images of children being pulled from their immigrant parents, she stayed publicly quiet until Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order created to keep families together. The executive order proposes families be detained together. The administration's policy threatened lawmakers seeking reelection in the upcoming midterm elections in November.

Senate Republicans, fearing Trump's action will not withstand a legal challenge and eager to go on record opposing the administration's policy, have unveiled their own legislation to keep detained immigrant families together.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was blunter when he talked about the deterrent effect of separating families in a CNN interview as secretary of homeland security previous year.

It was unclear whether that meant the Trump administration was dropping its months-old "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting all adults caught trying to enter the country illegally. "It's about keeping families together, while at the same time being sure we have a very powerful, very strong border", Trump said.

Video footage of children sitting in cages and an audiotape of wailing children had sparked anger as the images were broadcast worldwide.

Now he says Trump appears to be getting what he wants.

At the meeting when he announced the executive order to roll back the family separation policy, he riffed on and on about immigration and how tough he needed to be "or our country would be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and we don't want".

Most of the lawmakers who joined Collins said they agreed that any bill should only deal with this narrow issue and not broader problems related to immigration like DACA. "He's not a monster as he's being framed by the media and by the left", said Trandem, who was a delegate at the 2016 Republican convention where Trump clinched the nomination for president. My wife feels very strongly about it. I feel very strongly about it.

"I think a policy that is based on the idea of intentionally harming children is unspeakable", she said.

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Wednesday's move was the most significant policy reversal by Trump since he took office in January 2017.

For weeks, Trump had insisted he was bound by law to split the children from their parents and that only Congress could resolve the problem - before he radically shifted gears. There is no law requiring children to be separated from their parents at the border, and Trump could have stopped the practice at any time.

However, the effort to keep families united would be accomplished in a way that does not seem like a humane solution. However, at the 20-day mark, under the Flores consent decree, the department will have to release the children from custody.

Under a court settlement, the federal government can not hold the children for more than 20 days. Any attempt by the government to modify the agreement would likely face opposition from the lawyers who negotiated it, according to representatives of immigrant rights organizations.

The executive order seeks to work around a 1997 consent decree that bars the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention - even if they are with their parents - for more than 20 days.

Six American airlines have told the Trump administration not to use their aircraft to transport child migrants who have been separated from their parents. She told The Associated Press at the time: "There's a special place in hell for people who prey on children".

Numerous children were sent there after USA immigration authorities accused them of belonging to violent gangs, including MS-13.

Lee wrote, "I urge you to send experts from relevant United Nations agencies to observe conditions in both Department of Homeland Security and Office of Refugee Resettlement facilities both 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".

Vice-President Mike Pence and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who has emerged as the face of the White House policy, were both present for the signing of the order on Wednesday. The Defense Department is specifically directed to construct any facilities that may be necessary toward that end "if necessary and consistent with law". But he didn't provide details on any plans to unite separated families. 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.

The almost 300-page compromise measure creates a path way to citizenship for the young immigrants known as Dreamers, who have been living in the US illegally since childhood.

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