Trump reverses family separation policy after tech, political backlash


President Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped back from his administration's practice of separating immigrant families that illegally cross the border, which had been part of his so-called zero tolerance policy on illegal immigration.

Immigrant children now housed in a tent encampment under the new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration are shown walking in single file at the facility near the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, US June 19, 2018. But, at least for the next few weeks, it would keep families together while they are in custody, expedite their cases and ask the Defense Department to help house them. "It could take place quickly".

The children who were separated from their parents at the border - from young children to teenagers - were immediately classified "unaccompanied" within the immigration system.

Donald Trump has said the first lady and his eldest daughter and advisor, Ivanka, influenced his decision to sign the executive order. That's just what he did.

Trump said that even with the change, border enforcement will be "equally tough, if not tougher".

"This is a stopgap measure", said Gene Hamilton, counsel to the attorney general.

But under U.S. law, migrant children can not be detained more than 20 days by immigration officials.

At some point Schumer and Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem.

Another question concerns the number of exceptions the Trump administration will allow to its policy of keeping parents and children together.

And it didn't do much for the teeming outrage over the issue.

In addition, Trump's order would keep families together but in custody indefinitely while parents are prosecuted for entering the country illegally - a move that could lead to new legal battles for the administration.

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Photos of detention facilities holding migrant children under the Obama and Trump administrations bear striking similarities. "There are workable alternatives", president Richard Cohen said in a statement.

But the fate of hundreds of children already separated by the policy is unclear.

But the volume of condemnation on breaking up families, from inside and outside the White House, finally overwhelmed Trump.

After visiting Capitol Hill Tuesday night to rally a broad immigration bill, Trump said Wednesday he still hopes that Congress will act.

"Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border", Ivanka wrote, referring to the acronym for president of the United States.

The White House hasn't commented on the report yet. "An ACF spokesperson misspoke earlier regarding the executive order signed today by the president", said Brian Marriott, senior director of communications. The AP cited two people with knowledge of the situation, but who only spoke under the condition that they would remain anonymous.

The person said the secretary believes there is little certainty that Congress will act to fix the separation issue that has been dominating news coverage and she is trying to find a solution.

One Republican, Rep. Joe Wilson of SC, announced he would support the legislation after meeting with Trump, who he said was persuasive. "Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!"

On Wednesday, Trump reversed himself and took executive action aimed at curbing the separation of families. It shows numerous young detainees, in what appears to be similar cages to the other photo, who have separated from their families.

A Republican effort to pass an immigration law is in disarray amid a political battle over migrant children separated from their parents.

The president warned there are criminals who use children as tickets to enter the U.S. Neither, though, did it require parents to be kept in detention, apart from their children.