Trump reverses family separation policy after backlash

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After the Trump administration implemented a new "zero tolerance" immigrant policy in April, effectively separating migrant parents from their children, more and more children have been detained at the border between the United States and Mexico. That's what he did on Wednesday.

Niurka Lopez of MI said Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy made sense because her family came to the USA legally from Cuba and everyone else should, too. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for the child who arrived without parents.

The exact contents of the executive order have not yet been revealed, but will keep families who have traveled over the border illegally, Bloomberg reported.

"You can point the finger at us, Mr. President, but you're the leader of this country", Correa said. Under that policy, the administration has sought to prosecute as many border-crossing offenses as possible, including those involving families with children.

Under the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy introduced earlier this year, immigrant families who cross the border illegally are separated, with parents facing federal prosecution on illegal entry charges and children placed into the care of the Department of Health and Human Services.

TRUMP: "We're keeping families together, and this will solve that problem". If neither branch acts within 20 days, newly detained families may again be separated.

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump, GOP launch full-court press on compromise immigration measure Meadows gets heated with Ryan on House floor Ryan: House voting Thursday on bill to keep families together MORE (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said he is "not optimistic" that either immigration bill that the House is considering on Thursday will pass.

The president says his administration is trying to balance rigorous enforcement of USA immigration laws and pursue its policy of maintaining family unity.

The policy put in place by the Trump administration last month moved adults to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and sent many children to facilities run by HHS.

'Our immigration laws are the weakest and worst anywhere in the world, and the Dems will do anything not to change them & to obstruct-want open borders which means crime'.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering using DNA tests to verify the relationship between children and adults who illegally cross the border. On Monday evening, she faced protesters at her home.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that one of the bills would increase funding to the Department of Homeland Security to source housing and care for families during criminal proceedings against parents.

But others pushed back on the idea that Homeland Security had led the rollback.

Trump, who is headed to Duluth Wednesday evening for a Make America Great Again Rally, added: 'If you're really pathetically weak the country is going to be overrun by millions of people, and if you're strong then you don't have any heart... perhaps I'd rather be strong'.

As distressing images and audio of bereft children emerged, Trump found himself lobbied privately by his wife and elder daughter to do more. At issue is a 1997 court settlement that bars the feds from detaining migrant children (even with their parents) for more than 20 days. Other recent rulings, upheld on appeal, affirm the children's rights to a bond hearing and require better conditions at the Border Patrol's short-term holding facilities.