President Trump Signs Executive Order To Stop The Separation Of Migrant Families

21 June, 2018, 04:14 | Author: Israel Montgomery
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The president had not yet signed the order, but said he would before leaving on a trip to Minnesota Wednesday afternoon.

"To those who wish to challenge the Trump Administration's commitment to public safety, national security, and the rule of law, I warn you: illegally entering this country will not be rewarded, but will instead be met with the full prosecutorial powers of the Department of Justice", he said.

The "something" will be an executive order, Trump said at a meeting with GOP lawmakers at the White House, and he will sign it before departing for Minnesota, where he is scheduled to speak at a rally Wednesday evening.

US Customs and Border Protection have said that 2342 children had been separated from their parents at the border between May 5 and June 9 this year. "Go for it! WIN!"

One is a hardline measure favoured by conservatives, and the other a compromise bill - which the White House has signalled has Trump's support - that would end family separations, protect so-called Dreamer immigrants brought to the country as children, pay for boosted border security and curtail legal immigration.

Under the new executive order, officials will continue to pursue criminal charges against those who cross the border illegally, and officials now plan to "detain alien families together throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings for improper entry".

"If we pass legislation to end the lawlessness, we won't face these bad choices", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said while Mr. Trump added, "the Democrats have to change their law - it's their law".

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The order is titled "Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation". During the signing, Trump said, "the border is just as tough, but we want to keep families together".

The house speaker denied claims that children are being used as leverage when it comes to immigration.

One of the US Border Patrolfacilities was opened to US media on Monday (local time) and reporters described how hundreds of children were held in a series of cages created by metal fencing.

The order aims to keep families together while they are in custody, expedite their cases, and ask the Department of Defense to help house families.

"All of a sudden they weren't there anymore", Trump said.

Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions's announcement that all illegal border crossings would be criminally prosecuted, thousands of children have been taken from their parents at the border, sparking an outcry over human rights abuses.

He tweeted: "Republicans want security".

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