Trump’s executive order on family separations: 3 things it doesn’t do

The debate over separating undocumented children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border has spilled over on Twitter

The debate over separating undocumented children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border has spilled over on Twitter

"Legislation is not the way to go here when it's so easy for the president to sign it".

After visiting Capitol Hill Tuesday night to rally a broad immigration bill, Trump said Wednesday he still hopes that Congress will act. "There's lots of ways to do it and I'm not picky but I'd like to see us try to preserve families while we also uphold the law". He added that otherwise "the country is going to be over-run by millions of people".

He said he was looking into whether the court could block deportations of parents until they have been reunited with their children, and whether it could force the Trump administration to reunite those separated.

While the US President was vague in his pledge to "sign something", various US media reported an executive order had been drafted by Justice and Homeland Security to temporarily stop the controversial practice.

Pictures and accounts of the separations sparked outrage and a rebellion among Republicans in Trump's own party, as well as worldwide accusation that the USA was committing human rights violations.

Perry was not at the meeting with Trump, but said he doubts the president's words will affect his position. "We want the heart", he said, "but we also want strong borders and we want no crime".

On Wednesday, he claimed the Democrats "won't give us the votes to pass good immigration legislation".

After losing his wife and infant daughter on the perilous journey from Guatemala to the U.S. -Mexico border, Lester Morales thought he'd be safe when he got to U.S. soil.

Essentially, this means that after the 20-day mark, children may still be separated from their parents.

After huddling for 45 minutes with fellow Republicans to discuss immigration, Trump exited a meeting room only to be shouted at by a handful of House Democrats angry over the thousands of children who have been separated from their parents as they cross into the country.

One administration official said Trump's order would end separations by keeping families together in immigration detention centres.

This is the typical process with executive orders, as it requires a number of moving parts legally and the input of the Office of Legal Counsel.

The Trump administration has offered inconsistent justifications for the separation policy, but on Wednesday signaled the president might sign an executive order to help keep migrant families together.

What exactly the order will say is still continued to be worked out, with ongoing conversations between the White House, the Justice Department and Homeland Security, the source explained.

The executive order does not undo or diminish Sessions' zero tolerance policy, which has caused the spike in parent-child separations at the southern border.

Although it was unclear if this is what Mr Trump is signing, he said he would be "signing something" and said he wants to keep families together.

By Wednesday morning, he had changed course.

The Flores settlement, named for a teenage girl who brought the case in the 1980s, requires the government to release children from custody and to their parents, adult relatives or other caretakers, in order of preference.

Hundreds of immigrant parents like Morales are crossing into the US without proper authorization unaware that the process to seek asylum now also includes temporary loss of their children.

In 2016, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that child migrants who came to the border with parents and were held in custody must be released.

"I don't want children taken away from parents". That settlement, reached in 1997, required the government to limit the time it kept unaccompanied minors in detention, and to keep them in the least restrictive setting possible.

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