Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

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Politicians visit border amid outrage on family separation

The order aims to end the separation of most migrant families by detaining them together while they await their court dates in criminal and immigration court.

Experts argue though Trump is seeking to galvanize his base with hardline law enforcement on immigration, moves like forcing family separations could backfire and hurt Republican candidates' chances in November's midterm elections. "When you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away", Trump said.

Mr Sessions announced a "zero-tolerance" policy to criminally charge and jail undocumented border crossers. So if the Flores settlement is successfully amended, the families caught crossing the border illegally will be detained together. "We are keeping the family together". The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center said the order didn't go almost far enough. "But we also don't want families to be locked up in internment centers in America".

On Wednesday, American Airlines, United Airlines and Frontier Airlines said they did not want their planes used by the USA government to transport the migrant children. "The borders are just as tough, just as strong".

The Trump administration insists the family separations are required under the law. She also worries that it's even more hard for families to pursue asylum claims while they are in federal detention.

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Orrin Hatch of Utah, wrote the Trump administration asking it to pause the separation of immigrant families until Congress comes up with a solution.

The president said his wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka, who reportedly have been applying pressure on him to drop the policy in recent days, "feel strongly" about ending the practice of separating migrant families.

Until Wednesday, the president, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other officials had repeatedly argued the only way to end the practice was for Congress to pass new legislation, while Democrats said Trump could do it with his signature alone.

The order says the Department of Homeland Security―and not the Justice and Health and Human Services Departments, as under previous policy―would have continuing responsibility for the families. As a matter of regulation, they are not allowed to be detained with their parents during legal proceedings. Ted Cruz of Texas introduced legislation that the White House said it was reviewing, and Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a leader of the conservative Freedom Caucus, also introduced a measure.

But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY signalled that no such support would be coming, saying it's already in Trump's power to keep the families together. Trump told House Republicans on Tuesday night he would support either of the immigration bills under consideration but did not give a preference.

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In theory, the intent of the executive order is to keep children who have crossed the border with their parents while in custody . We are also going to count on Congress, obviously, but we are signing an executive order in a little while.

Earlier, as countries marked World Refugee Day Wednesday, global leaders assailed Trump for the separations.

She said she came because she felt she needed to use her voice to speak for mothers at the border who had their children taken from them, but have no way to speak publicly for themselves.

Meanwhile, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein - the UN's top human rights official - essentially accused the United States of committing child abuse.

In many cases, these adults are the parents of the child border crossers, but in some circumstances, the children are being trafficked and smuggled across the border by illegal aliens looking to be released into the United States.

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