Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Health Care | By Terrence Lopez

Donald Trump pledges to end family separations by executive order

Donald Trump pledges to end family separations by executive order

If the president goes through with the signing, "It would be a complete 180".

Nielsen was reportedly headed to the White House Wednesday and the drafted order would ask the Department of Defense to aid in the housing of the immigrant families.

USA immigration officials say 2,342 children have been separated from 2,206 parents from May 5 to June 9.

The president was criticised by the United Nations, foreign leaders and both Republicans and Democrats for the treatment of migrants at the country's borders.

President Donald Trump says he'll be signing something "in a little while" to address the spike in the number of migrant children being separated from their families at the border.

Trump, a frequent viewer of cable television newscasts, had recognised the family separation issue was a growing political problem, White House sources said. The Trump administration says that means Congress still has to act.

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.

He added that: "We want to solve this immigration problem".

Ms May said Wednesday night that images of children in cages were "deeply disturbing". "I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated".

"We want to end the border crisis by finally giving us the legal authorities and the resources to detain and remove illegal immigrant families all together and bring them back to their country", he said.

Meanwhile in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio toured a facility in East Harlem that houses children separated from their parents. This "zero-tolerance policy" applies to all adults, regardless of whether they cross alone or with their children. "We will have that as the same time we have compassion".

Trump was headed later Tuesday to Congress to huddle with Republican lawmakers, many of whom are deeply uncomfortable with the separation policy. The House has 235 Republicans but it is not clear if all of them will support the bill. "They really would like to have open borders where anybody in the world can just flow in, including from the Middle East, from anybody anywhere they can just flow into our country".

Trump campaigned on stopping illegal immigration, including building a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. "Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!" he wrote.

There are questions now about what Homeland Security will do with the families that cross over, and also how the government will reunite children with families.

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