Focus on Congress After Trump Ends Migrant Family Separation

Erika Holt
June 23, 2018

"This was 100 percent her idea. She wants to see a realistic view of what's happening".

On Sunday, the first lady, through her spokeswoman, insisted the separating of families needed to end.

Critics warn the order will lead to the indefinite detention of entire families. "The executive order certainly is helping pave the way a little bit, but there's still a lot to be done".

In signing the executive order he used to reverse the separation policy on Wednesday, Trump cited his daughter and his wife.

So far, no Democrats have signed on to the Republican legislation. "Congress has the authority and the responsibility to make the law of the land and to fix the immigration system", Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a security forum on Capitol Hill.

In Washington, lawmakers failed to advance either of two Republican immigration bills in the House of Representatives.

Republican aides involved in trying to pass the bills said Trump's tweet would only harm efforts to corral votes.

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"I'm here to learn about your facility, to which I know you house children on a long-term basis". They accused Trump of failing to address a crisis of his own making. "It is my hope that Members of Congress will finally reach across the aisle and work together to solve this problem with common sense immigration reform that secures our borders and keeps families together".

As the controversy grew nationally in the past week over the administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they were detained at the southern border, administration officials, and conservative media outlets have been arguing that the living conditions of detained immigrants aren't as bad as traditional media outlets were portraying.

"Oh, that's great. That's three of them, they already reunited", Trump said. "If we don't do it, you will be inundated with people and you really won't have a country", Trump said.

However, his policy of criminally prosecuting illegal border-crossers remains.

Almost all of the arriving families, and many others, have officially requested asylum, citing the high levels of violence in their home countries.

A diverse coalition of 27 Jewish groups sent an open letter last week to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose department instituted the policy, saying it "undermines the values of our nation and jeopardises the safety and well-being of thousands of people". Saudis begin Yemen offensive House panel rejects war authorization sunset it passed previous year MORE (D-Calif.) is asking the United Nations to probe the impact of the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" immigration policy at the border.

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