Of the more than 2,300 migrant children the Trump administration separated from their families since May, about 500 have been reunited with their parents, a senior Trump administration official told The Associated Press Thursday.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader from NY, is adamant that Trump can end the family separations on his own and that legislation is not needed.
"We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want", Trump said Wednesday morning, when he announced that he would sign the order. Children are being held in fenced enclosures that many witnesses are describing as cages.
Now, questions were immediately raised about whether children will be released into foster or other care at the end of 20 days if their parents' immigration proceedings have not wrapped up. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has drafted an executive action directing her department to keep families together after they are detained crossing the border illegally. But the White House was battling a huge image problem about how its border policy was hurting children.
But that information seemed to conflict with a statement from a division inside HHS.
The preisdent added: 'We have compassion.
The order also provides that the Department of Homeland Security won't detain an immigrant family together "when there is a concern that detention of an alien child with the child's alien parent would pose a risk to the child's welfare".
It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision. It also calls into question numerous administration's recent claims about the basis of the "zero tolerance" policy that was announced by Sessions in April.
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It is the national stadium of Russian Federation and will also host the final. The opening was a sign of things to come for Mexico .
On Wednesday, Trump said the "zero tolerance" policy would remain in place.
"We want a country with heart". "Children, especially those fleeing persecution, need safety and environments where they can thrive and play and be safe".
Trump has blamed Democrats for the policy, saying they must cooperate on legislation to end the policy.
Cruz's bill would double the number of federal immigration judges, authorize new temporary shelters to house migrant families and limit the processing of asylum cases to no more than 14 days - a goal immigrant advocates say would be hard to meet. "Those are the only two options, totally open borders or criminal prosecution for law-breaking", the President had said.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar told Fox News' "Special Report" that before families can be reunited, "we're going to have to see how the implementation of the executive order goes. The borders are just as tough, just as strong", he said. "They sure as heck don't know what to do in 2020, do they?" "And that's coming in through a process, and the process is what we want". "And border security will be equal, if not greater than previously". "We have already started". "He's not a monster as he's being framed by the media and by the left", said Trandem, who was a delegate at the 2016 Republican convention where Trump clinched the nomination for president.
Executive orders typically require input from the Office of Legal Counsel. "Locking up whole families is no solution at all".
More than 50 people pushed strollers through the streets of Newark and gathered in front of the federal building where more than a dozen mothers breastfeed their babies Friday in a "Nurse-in" to protest the Trump administration's treatment of immigrant families. He accused federal authorities of concealing the placement of the children in NY. A Reuters/Ipsos poll suggests that as much as 28% of the American public supports the separation policy.