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Trump backs off on separating migrant families

After millions of Americans hit the streets and and two former first ladies voiced their displeasure, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of children from parents charged with illegal immigration.

From the Globe and Mail (“Trump signs executive order ending family separation policy at Mexican border“):

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents at the Mexican border — a crisis caused by his “zero tolerance” policy of criminally prosecuting all migrants who cross the frontier illegally.

Mr. Trump backed down Wednesday amid an avalanche of condemnation, saying he would sign an executive order to “keep families together.”

“We have compassion, we want to keep families together. It’s very important. I’ll be signing something in a little while that’s going to do that,” he said at a White House meeting with Republican legislators.

The order said that officials will continue to criminally prosecute everyone who crosses the border illegally, but will seek to find or build facilities that can hold families — parents and children together — instead of separating them while their legal cases are considered by the courts.

Trump’s executive order directed the government’s lawyers to ask for a modification of an existing 1997 consent decree, known as the Flores settlement, that currently prohibits the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention — even if they are with their parents — for more than 20 days.

But it is unclear whether the court will agree to that request. If not, the president is likely to face an immediate legal challenge from immigration activists on behalf of families that are detained in makeshift facilities.

Wed, June 20 2018 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics