Melania Trump makes surprise visit to migrant child facility in Texas

Elias Hubbard
June 23, 2018

Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to a Texas facility Thursday, talking with children and staff as she got a first-hand look at some of the migrant children sent there by the us government after their families entered the country illegally.

The outcome remained uncertain, despite a frenzied effort to pull in the final votes.

The delayed vote was on a compromise bill between GOP moderates and conservatives that would offer Dreamers a pathway to citizenship and provide $25 billion for Trump's border wall, among other things.

Current laws, he argued, simply encouraged people to enter the country with their children, expecting to be caught and then released into United States society.

The votes come after President Donald Trump's reversal on family separations at the US and Mexico Border, which was something he touched on at Wednesday night's rally in Duluth. The rhetoric at times has been hysterical and risky, reaching its peak when rape threats were made against the children and grandchildren of President Trump.

Kevin Appleby, a senior director at the Center for Migration Studies, said "it is outrageous that the president is pushing for the criminal detention of innocent children as a solution to his own evil act..."

"We can enforce our immigration laws without breaking families apart", Ryan said Wednesday before Trump announced he would sign an executive order to end breaking up families.

The federal public defender's office for the region that covers cases from El Paso to San Antonio said Thursday the U.S. Attorney's Office would be dismissing cases in which parents were charged with illegally entering or re-entering the country and were subsequently separated from their children. "And we will have that - at the same time, we have compassion, we want to keep families together".

The document the President signed was assembled hastily and government agencies scrambled late Wednesday and Thursday to assess its implications.

The announcement Thursday implies that Border Patrol will hold onto the children until their parents return from court proceedings and then send them to detention together.

Melania's visit comes just one day after her husband signed an executive order created to end the family-separation policy. Decisions whether or not to prosecute are the purview of the Department of Justice.

The Trump administration still faces legal challenges because of a court order that caps how long immigration authorities may detain minors.

Meanwhile, there were signs that the administration was dialing back its "zero tolerance" policy, for now. She asked how she could help "these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible" and how often they communicate with their families.

In a day of confusion and conflicting reports, the Trump administration began drawing up plans to house as many as 20,000 migrants on US military bases.

According to John Sandweg, former director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (commonly known as ICE) some parents have already been deported while their children continue under USA custody.

The executive order is likely to quell some, but not all of the criticism.

On DACA - The conservative bill allows for current recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to apply for a three-year renewable legal status allowing them to work and travel overseas.

Mrs Trump, who often campaigns for the right of children, was a strong force behind her husband's policy U-turn. "We do not want children taken away from their parents". The president added that he was torn by the issue.

"Ivanka feels very strongly". He claimed that US immigration laws "are the weakest and worst anywhere in the world" and that Democrats "will do anything not to change them".

"It's the Democrats fault, they won't give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation", Trump said, ignoring that Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

Border security - The conservative bill authorizes construction of the border wall, technology and other infrastructure.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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