Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the USA border. The incoherence was most evident on Monday when the daily White House presser was serially delayed while DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Trump staffers struggled behind closed doors to get their story straight on family separation. Nielsen is on her way to the White House to discuss the order with the president and his team. The House of Representatives was to vote on Thursday on two bills created to halt the practice of separating families and to address other immigration issues.
"We have seen no information so far on reunification plans and procedures", the person said. We can enforce our immigration laws without breaking families apart.
The move - if it retreats from his current stance that the administration is simply following the current law and needs congressional action to stop the separations - would mark a huge reversal by the President.
"We want to keep families together", he said.
The Journal talked to a vice president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, who took 150 children that were separated from their parents with foster families around the country.
Although it has been thrashed out with both sides, there is no guarantee it will make its way through the House on Thursday. He argued that empathy for immigrants is a core American value, and he pointed up "the cruelty of ripping children from their parents' arms". "Under this bill, when people are being prosecuted for illegally crossing the border, families will remain together, under DHS custody, throughout the length of their legal proceedings".
Obama has been the one of the primary targets of blame from Republicans for the crisis that exploded last week after it was announced about 2,000 children had been separated from adults as part of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.
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It will likely lead to indefinite detention of children (with their parents) in violation of a federal consent decree. "A place where you finally found yourself so desperate to flee persecution, violence, and suffering that you'd be willing to travel thousands of miles under cover of darkness, enduring unsafe conditions, propelled forward by that very human impulse to create for our kids a better life".
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau followed Theresa May's footsteps in condemning the practice. Trump did not even mention the possibility of narrow legislation to deal with family separation, much less broach the idea of ending the crisis by rescinding Sessions's order.
Both House bills, which Democrats and immigration advocacy groups have blasted, would fund Trump's proposed wall on the US-Mexico border, as well as reduce legal migration, in part by denying visas for some relatives of US residents and citizens living overseas, sometimes called "chain migration".
Following the meeting he tweeted: "Republicans want security".
"You can spin it any way you want, but the reality is I am out there all the time, I work that border and I'm telling you things are being done correctly".
"It's the Democrats fault, they won't give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation".