Obama Blasts Trump For 'Ripping Children From Their Parents' Arms'

Posted June 21, 2018

But the move leaves many questions unanswered. Melania Trump has had several private conversations with her husband, pushing him to do all he can to keep families at the border intact, whether via a legislative route, or acting alone to stop the process, the official said.

"Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border", Ivanka wrote, referring to the acronym for president of the United States.

A new report by BuzzFeed News revealed how foreign nationals are now having second thoughts before traveling to the U.S. -Mexico border and crossing illegally with their children thanks to Trump's immigration crackdown. Hatch and 12 other GOP senators - including John McCain, R-Arizona, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, - co-signed a letter on Tuesday to the Justice Department asking that the administration pause the separation of families until Congress addresses the issue.

What court orders is he talking about? It seems the anti-immigrant hard-liners have made a decision to fight Flores, the result being the incarceration of families for weeks or even months. Under a decades-old court settlement, criminal detention centers-or jails-can't be used to hold children.

Trump's said the order does not alter the "zero tolerance" policy itself that the administration put in place in April.

What else did Trump order? "We can enforce our immigration laws without tearing families apart".

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That is why hearing from the first ladies, with their heartfelt pleas to end this policy, have meant so much to so many and why it's been important to also hear from former President Obama on the subject.

The order requires that immigrant families be detained together when they are caught entering the country illegally, although it was not immediately clear for how long.

Trump's Monday morning tweets come amid a growing backlash over his administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy.

"We will be going through Congress".

Former President Barack Obama weighed in on the family separation crisis Wednesday, calling on Americans to "find a way to welcome the refugee and the immigrant". But as The Washington Post reports, few people are predicting either House measure will pass.

That led to confusion and difficulty for parents as they tried to reunite with their children, who in some cases were sent across the country.

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"There will not be a grandfathering of existing cases", Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the department's Administration for Children and Families, told The New York Times on Wednesday. She said she is being held in an immigration detention center in Texas, but has yet to see her son who she believes is in NY.

However, the order does allow for children to be taken away from their parents if the child's welfare is in danger.

"The U.S. authorities create different files for the children than for the parents, and it's very hard to follow up on those cases", Torres said.

Despite the new executive order, it's unclear when or how those children will be returned to their parents. President Trump is reportedly signing an executive order to get around this 1997 ruling.

"It's about keeping families together while at the same time being sure that we have a very powerful and very strong border", Trump said.

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