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Trump's migrant policy: First blowback, then about-face

Trump's migrant policy: First blowback, then about-face

In theory, the intent of the executive order is to keep children who have crossed the border with their parents while in custody.

"I am also deeply troubled to hear reports that the administration, in its haste to hold innocent children hostage in order to demand funds for a border wall, failed to plan appropriately to reunite these families following their separation", the Democrat said.

What does the executive order signed by Donald Trump mean?

"Tomorrow the House will vote on legislation to keep families together".

May said she she "unequivocally" believed what the United States administration was doing on its border was "wrong".

He added that his administration will continue to implement a stringent policy on irregular migration.

"We have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally", he said. "Let's sit down and work on a solution together".

Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser who is an advocate in the White House for women and families, has not spoken out publicly on the zero tolerance policy at the border which has separated hundreds of children from their parents or adult guardians. According to an inside account of the president's retreat reported by the Washington Post, the president surprised aides - some of whom had gone out and aggressively defended the policy following their boss's lead - by asking them on Wednesday morning to prepare a draft executive order to end the controversial policy. However, it also creates a new legal headache for the administration over a 21-year-old class action settlement - known as the Flores settlement - mandating that families can be detained only for 20 days.

But Mark Krikorian, executive director of the D.C. -based Center for Immigration Studies, which supports less immigration, supported the president.

"Don't be fooled", Talbot said. The protesters said documents indicate that when Walmart sold the store, it likely knew the facility would be used to detain child immigrants. "They will be detained in prisons".

"This was a crisis of their own creation, a thinly veiled and spectacularly failed political stunt that deserved every ounce of criticism it received from the public, politicians, religious leaders and corporations", said Atkinson, whose group is chaired by the Rev. Kevin W. Vann, bishop of the Diocese of Orange.

The bill offers a potential pathway to citizenship to many young immigrants who arrived in the USA illegally as children but also provides money for Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico.

Reaction from Trump supporters varied.

Earlier this week, ProPublica obtained chilling audio of 10 Central American children screaming inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection after being separated from their parents, which quickly went viral. "Until then, we will enforce every law we have on the books to defend the sovereignty and security of the United States". But while parents served their time in jail, their children were forced into government custody because they couldn't be jailed.

"Where else in the country do you get arrested and you get to stay with your kids?"

As children can not legally be jailed with their parents, they are kept in separate facilities.

Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that the House would vote on Thursday (local time) on new Republican immigration bills. Even if it passed, it faced little future in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, would need 60 votes and Democratic support to pass it.