Trump Signs Off On Plan To End His Family Separation Policy

Immigrant children play outside a former Job Corps site that now houses them Monday

Immigrant children play outside a former Job Corps site that now houses them Monday

More than 2,300 minors were separated from their children at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Republicans were scrambling to update their approach ahead of a visit from Trump, who called earlier in the day for Congress to approve what he called a third option to address the family separations. "We can enforce our laws and keep families together".

"There are now 239 children right here as a result of the Trump administration's family separation policy", he said.

The GOP compromise bill officially unveiled Tuesday would fund Trump's proposed border wall, create a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants brought to the US illegally as children, end the diversity visa "lottery" program in favor of what the GOP calls a merit-based visa pool and seek to end the separation of migrant children and parents.

At least 10 members of Congress say Nielsen should quit as her agency enforces the administration's zero tolerance policy, which has resulted in more than 2,000 children being separated from their parents at the USA border since April.

It's also unclear whether Trump's order will stand up to legal muster. The legislation includes several of Trump's priorities: money for a border wall, a shift to so-called merit-based immigration, and an end to the visa lottery system. "We can not and will not encourage people to bring children by giving them blanket immunity from our laws", he said. "They can't win on their awful policies, so they view them as potential voters!"

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Under this bill, the families would be held together in Homeland Security facilities while adults await legal hearings.

"Under normal circumstances, we wouldn't hesitate to answer the call", Carney said. "This is the only solution to the border crisis".

Trump's separation policy even drew ire from Marine Le Pen, who is notoriously anti-immigrant.

World leaders, senior Democrats and Republicans, the United Nations and religious leaders have all spoken out against the damaging policy.

New poll numbers suggested Republicans need to act swiftly to protect their vulnerable members in blue or swing districts and states. Just 35 percent of Republicans oppose the practice, while 91 percent of Democrats do.

All 49 Democrats in the Senate have signed onto a bill from California Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., wrote.

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Without Democratic support, Republicans can not muster the 60 votes needed to move forward on legislation.

That lack of confidence and fear of retribution could make it significantly harder for Republicans to pass any politically risky immigration proposals ahead of the midterm elections in November.

Passions have been running high in recent days, with Republican and Democratic lawmakers, faith leaders, former first ladies and others up in arms over the family separations at the US-Mexico border.

Hatch, who has been a close ally of Trump's and reaped his praise on the passage of the GOP tax bill a year ago, announced on Twitter that he has sent a letter to the Justice Department asking it to pause the practice of separating families. Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican who chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus, would not say Tuesday evening whether his group would support the bill, according to NBC News. Following the meeting, the White House said Trump supports the legislation.

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. "This must stop", he said. "That was the beginning of the end for me". Until all children are reunited with their families, and until children as well as adults are provided with adequate housing, food, medical care and so on, this remains an ongoing human-rights disaster. "We will have that as the same time we have compassion". "They can be kept together and dealt with as a family unit".

Trump's immigration standoff comes as he escalates his nationalist trade moves, imposing new tariffs on imports and threating more.

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