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Infuriating Moments From the White House Briefing on Family Separation

23 June, 2018, 00:42 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Christopher Baker holds a sign at a rally in Olympia Washington in the US. Donald Trump has defended his

Earlier on Tuesday Mr Trump said children had to be taken away if their parents were jailed for illegally crossing the United States border. There's no need for anything else.

House GOP leaders are scrambling to revise their broader current immigration bill to include a provision to resolve the situation.

The news in recent days has been dominated by searing images of children held in cages at border facilities, as well as audio recordings of young children crying for their parents.

The legislation would halt the separation of immigrant families by preventing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the border.

"While cases are pending, families should stay together", tweeted Senator Cruz, who is in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operates two large detention centres for families in Texas and a smaller one in Pennsylvania, but their combined capacity is about 3000 beds.

The family separation issue boiled over Tuesday at a House hearing on an unrelated subject, when protesters with babies briefly shut down proceedings. Melania Trump has had several private conversations with her husband, pushing him to do all he can to keep families at the border intact, whether via a legislative route, or acting alone to stop the process, the official said.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, pleaded with Republicans on the panel to "stand up" to Trump. "Because right now we should act - Democrats and Republicans - to change the law and he should act to change the policy".




"The Obama administration, the Bush administration all separated families", Nielsen told reporters during the White House press briefing on Monday.

"But we do want to keep families together", Trump said in the Oval Office.

The Trump administration has not figured out a way to reunite families separated by a new zero-tolerance policy enacted this year that's resulted in more than 2,000 kids being taken from their parents.

The President's decision came a day after he met Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill who fear that their own political prospects with the midterm elections are being damaged by the separation policy. "Children belong with their families", he said. "This becomes a backup proposal", Meadows told reporters at the White House.

Trump and other administration officials have long resisted reversing the heavily-criticized policy of separating families, initially announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in May. Nielsen said, pointing at "loopholes" in federal immigration laws from the past.

The action, according to people familiar with it, wouldn't end the zero tolerance policy, but would aim to keep families together.

In the past, families with children caught after crossing the border illegally were allowed to stay together while their immigration cases played out in court.

Originally the meeting was planned to reassure Members that he really was on board with the "compromise" bill Paul Ryan wants to bring to the floor for a vote on Thursday along with the more conservative Goodlatte bill, after Trump mistakenly condemned it last week.

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