Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Separation of migrant families at border stops

Separation of migrant families at border stops

In recent weeks, more than 2,500 such children were separated from their parents.

Heart-rending images and sounds of wailing children separated from their guardians have led to a firestorm of opposition to the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration.

Of course, Trump will never admit he was forced to climb down from his hubris and flip on separating families, but even the Trump megaphone Breitbart News gets it: "Trump Buckles: Caves to Left-Wing Hate With Exec Order" read the Breitbart homepage Wednesday afternoon. Even though internal discussions about confronting the child detentions had been ongoing for a week, Trump's decision to sign an executive order still caught some of his closest aides off-guard.

The children, who are not charged with a crime, were separated as a result of their parents' criminal case. If neither branch acts within 20 days, newly detained families may again be separated.

United chief executive Oscar Munoz said: "We want no part of it".

Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday, and those on the fence over pending immigration legislation headed to the White House to meet with Trump.

An audio recording was also leaked of immigrant children crying and begging for their parents as they are mocked by what are believed to be immigration enforcement officials.

"I would do nearly anything to deter the people from Central America to getting on this very, very unsafe network that brings them up through Mexico into the United States", he said. Now the fight will probably move to the courts, with legal challenges to the administration's decision to hold detained families together while their immigration status is adjudicated. "If the president thinks placing families in jail indefinitely is what people have been asking for, he is grossly mistaken", Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement.

That is more politically hospitable ground for Republicans, who already face challenging mid-term congressional elections.

Last month, the Trump administration enacted its "zero tolerance" policy, under which almost everyone crossing the border without authorization is charged with a federal misdemeanor. Under federal statute, those charged with felonies can not have their children detained with them. In the past, the government released entire families once the clock ran out. U.S. immigration officials say more than 2,300 children have been taken from some 2,200 parents since 5 May.

"It's a awful situation", Welch, 43, said of the distraught children. Six American airlines have told the Trump administration not to use their aircraft to transport child migrants who have been separated from their parents.

"The administration still plans to criminalize families - including children - by holding them in prison-like detention facilities". 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.

Images have been steadily released since they began to be disseminated over the weekend of children being held in chain-link metal cages, exacerbating what was already a flurry of controversy.

Reid also reports that Sessions is expected to immediately ask a federal California judge to modify the Flores consent decree to permit the government to detain families together throughout the entire prosecution and deportation processes.

Mr. Trump's abrupt reversal on family separation wasn't surprising given his soft spot for children and visceral reaction to photographs of children in peril, said a source close to the president.

Then they'll go home and tell their constituents the immigration system is a mess and we absolutely have to do something about it.

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