U.S. President Donald Trump, with Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen & Vice President Mike Pence, displays an executive order he signed that will end the practice of separating family members.
Both Republican bills in the House, which Democrats and immigration advocacy groups have blasted, would fund Trump's border wall and reduce legal migration, in part by denying visas for some relatives of us residents and citizens who are living overseas, sometimes referred to as "chain migration". "Go for it! WIN!"
The top Republican in the US Congress said: "We do not want children taken away from their parents.
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The teenager said she had to show others in her cell how to change the girl's nappy. "This zero-tolerance policy is cruel". She singled out the zero tolerance policy as not being the answer, calling it "cruel" and "immoral".
The administration should end that new policy immediately while Congress works with the president on a bipartisan immigration solution that secures the border, provides a status for those already here and prevents a humanitarian crisis at the border". "We want to keep families together", he said Wednesday.
But images of young children housed in metal cages have set off a nationwide outcry that has reached the White House. "We've got to stop separation of the families, but politically correct or not, we have a country that needs security, that needs safety, that has to be protected".
Under previous USA administrations, immigrants caught crossing the border for the first time tended to be issued with court summonses and released. This "zero-tolerance policy" applies to all adults, regardless of whether they cross alone or with their children. The House has 235 Republicans but it is not clear if all of them will support the bill.
President Trump doubled-down on his pledge to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States Tuesday, saying his administration will do everything it can to "arrest people" entering the USA without valid paperwork. "They really would like to have open borders where anybody in the world can just flow in, including from the Middle East, from anybody anywhere they can just flow into our country".
Mr Sessions announced a "zero-tolerance" policy to criminally charge and jail undocumented border crossers. Instead, after the adult is charged, children are held briefly by Homeland Security officials before being transferred to Health and Human Services, which operates more than 100 shelters for minors in 17 states.