Confusion at USA border after Trump's order to stop family separations

Elias Hubbard
June 24, 2018

It was a dramatic way to end a week that saw Trump make a rare reversal in the face of public outcry, and presented a counterargument as mothers and fathers told grisly tales of their children being tortured and murdered - and claimed the media has not covered their stories. Trump had publicly backed the bill earlier in the week.

Amid mushrooming bipartisan concern over depictions of terrified migrant children separated from their parents, Trump on Wednesday had abruptly reversed course and signed an executive order to overturn the policy, although up to 2,000 children are still believed to be separated from their parents.

In fact, more Americans today have confidence in Trump's handling of America's illegal immigration crisis than they did under former President Barack Obama and his lax border policies that critics say pandered to the minority vote. They're not separated for a day or two days, they are permanently separated.

"I can not imagine it being any worse, but we promise to act with strength and resolve".

Republican leaders trying to persuade colleagues to seize the moment and tackle immigration problems by approving the bill, which includes $25 billion for Trump's border wall and a path to citizenship for young immigrants who have lived in the U.S. illegally since childhood. "Because they were killed by illegal immigrants". "We haven't tapped out on the number of adults that have been separated". But stubborn differences between conservative and more moderate Republicans in the House have stalled immigration legislation on Capitol Hill, with a vote on a compromise measure delayed until next week.

One study spanning four decades compared immigration rates with crime rates.

A 2017 study by the Cato Institute found that the incarceration rate for native-born Americans was 1.53%, compared to 0.85% for undocumented immigrants and 0.47% for legal immigrants.

Approximately 2,300 migrant children have been removed from their families since Mr Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy began in May, and housed in detention centres run by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Bipartisan domestic as well as global outrage followed the release of photos and reports of young detainees housed in cages in Texas, as well as audio of young detainees wailing for their parents from whom they had been taken.

Administration officials met late Thursday and on Friday to try to hash out these differences as well as to come up with a plan for reuniting the migrant families that have already been separated.

An ICE official said it is unclear how families will be reunified.

"They don't want to discuss, they don't want to hear, they don't want to see", Trump said.

Rep. Ryan Costello, a Chester County Republican who represents part of Berks and who isn't seeking re-election, said Trump's comments stalled any momentum immigration legislation might have had and took away an incentive for those who were on the fence.

A woman holds an urn containing her son's remains as U.S. President Donald Trump holds an "Angel Families" meeting with victims of illegal immigration at the White House in Washington, June 22, 2018.

On Friday afternoon, the president stood alongside relatives of those killed by undocumented immigrants.

"These are the families the media ignores".

In Friday's notice, ICE said the family detention beds should be in state-licensed facilities and allow freedom of movement for detainees, and should preferably be located in states along the southwest border.

Trump, in his remarks, also suggested those illegally in the United States commit more crimes on a statistical basis than citizens or resident aliens.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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