Trump Signs Executive Order to Jail Immigrant Families Together, Without Limit

Trump Signs Executive Order to Jail Immigrant Families Together, Without Limit

Trump Signs Executive Order to Jail Immigrant Families Together, Without Limit

Her second scheduled stop was to the Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center, a Customs and Border Patrol intake center.

On Wednesday afternoon, Ivanka praised her father for ending the administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents after they cross the US-Mexico border, calling the president's Wednesday executive order a "critical action". After Trump's executive order, a host of unanswered questions remained, including what will happen to the children already separated from their parents and where the government will house all the newly detained migrants, with the system already bursting at the seams.

"She wanted to see everything for herself", said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director.

The spokeswoman also told the network that Melania told her husband, President Donald Trump, "I'm headed down to Texas", and "he was supportive".

But it is unclear how the government will detain children and parents together, as a court order forbids long-term detention of children - something President Barack Obama also attempted.

Trump visited New Hope Children's Shelter in McAllen, Texas, which houses 55 children, six of whom were separated from their families, the rest unaccompanied. The first lady signed it as well.

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"I didn't want my name attached to that", he said of the bill he decried as an amnesty for immigrants who are in the USA illegally.

The votes come a day after US President Donald Trump, in a stunning about-face, ordered an end to the family separations at the border.

Visiting another classroom, Mrs. Trump asked children where they were from and how long they'd been at the center where staff said children typically spend between 42 and 45 days. She said the executive order is a small step in the right direction but a lot of work is needed.

A sweeping US House of Representatives immigration overhaul yesterday teetered on the brink of collapse as lawmakers struggled to move past an issue that has become politically fraught amid the dire images of families being separated at the border. Children can not follow their family members or guardians into custody, so United States guidelines mandate that those children be separated - often from their parents.

"No one wants to separate families but Americans should rest assured that minors who are referred to [federal government] funded facilities are well cared for", tweeted HHS Secretary Alex Azar Wednesday evening. "Children do not belong in prison".

The administration also has called for a permanent legislative fix but congressional Republicans said the House was likely to reject two immigration bills created to halt the practice of splitting up families and address a range of other immigration issues.

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