Trump’s executive order on family separations: 3 things it doesn’t do

Trump alone to blame for family separations but entire GOP will pay

Vargas continued, as Trump waved and made his exit along with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. While Trump held firm to his tough immigration stance, he acknowledged during the closed-door meeting that the coverage of family separations was taking a toll.

The order notes, "It is unfortunate that Congress's failure to act and court orders have put the Administration in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law". You can read the full text here.

More: Why are immigrant children being separated from parents? This decision was in a case that established standards for the care of migrant children - what is known as the Flores settlement.

The policy, introduced in May by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, caused widespread outrage in the U.S. this week after pictures of children being separated from their parents and placed in detention were splashed across the media.

He said he had been swayed by images of children who have been taken from parents while they are jailed and prosecuted for illegal border-crossing.

"The Flores Settlement prohibits the indefinite detention of children―even with their families―and any order to undermine this critical protection will be immediately challenged in court", said senior Democratic Senator Dick Durbin.

It comes amid widespread condemnation of President Trump's zero-tolerance policy on migrants at the United States southern border after emotive footage showed deeply distressed children crying for their families.

Democrats, however, indicated they were not satisfied with the action.

"You will have a lot of happy people", Trump said as he signed the executive order. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on Twitter.

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Asked about the issue after the meeting, President Trump said he'd been lobbied about the issue even as a presidential candidate. The North Korean president used his New Year's address to wish the South Koreans good luck in hosting the Winter Olympics.

Another lawmaker shouted: "We won't go away!"

But the reversal, which could face a legal battle, likely won't apply to the more than 2,300 children who have already been separated from their parents, the Department of Health and Human Services said. Federal agencies are working to set up a centralized family-reunification center in Port Isabel, Texas, the official said, and it isn't clear how numerous 500 children are still being detained with their families.

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., repeatedly shrugged his shoulders when asked about Trump's announcement.

"I hope the President will fix the problem that he created". "If that's what he's done, then that's a good thing", he said.

"If you've been fortunate enough to have been born in America, imagine for a moment if circumstance had placed you somewhere else", Obama wrote Wednesday on his Facebook page. "Do we look away, or do we choose to see something of ourselves and our children?"

The president met House Republicans on Tuesday discuss immigration legislation, with the family separation policy as a central topic. In fact, while President Trump says his "zero tolerance" policy remains in effect, there's widespread confusion over what that means.

He said the action "ultimately will be matched by legislation" after House Speaker Paul Ryan announced the House will vote Thursday on legislation to end the practice. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to cut back on both legal and illegal immigration. "We are keeping the family together". She 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. We want to keep families together'. I feel very strongly about it. "The compromise that's most recent is a compromise within a compromise".

"Make no mistake: The president is doubling down on his "zero tolerance" policy", said Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the chamber's second-ranking Democrat, in a statement. Just in the past few days he had insisted his hands were tied by law on the issue of family separations even though his administration implemented a "zero tolerance" policy.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, pleaded with Republicans on the panel to end what he called "internment camps".

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