DOJ asks judge to remove 20-day limit on detaining immigrant families

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Justice lawyers were planning to file a challenge to the agreement, known as the Flores settlement, asking that a judge allow for the detention of families until criminal and removal proceedings are completed.

At some point Schumer and Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem.

The most urgent question is what will happen to thousands of children already separated from their parent. The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center said the order didn't go almost far enough.

The DOJ's request comes a day after President Donald Trump signed an order stopping the practice that has resulted in the separation of more than 2,300 children from their families. Insofar as they condemned past administrations for "catch and release", that is precisely what they will do for those migrants with children. He said the Republican bills are the only options that could get a signature from the president.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), left, asks to enter the holding facility for immigrant children in Tornillo, Tex., near the U.S. -Mexico border on Thursday. "On the other hand, we shouldn't be doing it unless we have all the structures in place to accommodate the families right away".

On Wednesday (Thursday NZT), Trump reversed himself and took executive action aimed at curbing the separation of families.

Planning at the Justice Department had been underway over the past several days to provide the president with options on the growing crisis, said the official, who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the effort before its official announcement.

One of the people said Nielsen, who had become the face of the administrations policy, had little faith that Congress would act to fix the separation issue and felt compelled to act. She was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home.

Many Republicans fear a backlash from the Republican base if they vote for the legislation and Trump turns against it. He called them "extremist open-border Democrats".

"They say, "say the following" - they write it down - "I am being harmed in my country, my country is extremely risky, I fear for my life" - 'say that, congratulations, you'll never be removed, '" Trump said.

Sitting in the Oval Office June 20, Trump signed an executive order that directed the Homeland Security Department to "maintain custody of alien families" while their cases move through the immigration system, "to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations".

The the last six weeks has separated more than 2,300 young children from their parents and sent them to detention centers, while charging their parents with illegally entering the country. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for a child who arrived without parents.

The Washington Post later clarified that their source "was describing how the [Border Patrol's] operations would change to no longer refer parents of migrant children for prosecution".

The action came after a firestorm of protest from administration opponents and allies, reacting to pictures and sounds of young children traumatized by their separation from their parents at the hands of US authorities.

"I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes", Sessions said June 14 in Fort Wayne, Ind.