President Trump's order to stop separating migrant children from their parents spread confusion and uncertainty along the border, as officials worked to come up with an overall plan to reunite families while sending conflicting signals about the state of the administration's "zero tolerance" policy. Parents who remained locked up struggled to get in touch with children being held in many cases hundreds of miles away. Some said they didn't even know where their children were. Others said they had been deported without them. A senior Trump administration official said that about 500 of the more than 2,300 children taken from their families at the border in recent weeks have been reunited since May. Federal agencies are working to set up a centralized reunification process for all remaining children at a detention center on the Texas side of the border, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. … [Read more...] about Confusion at the border after Trump’s executive order
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When it can take years to prosecute illegal border entries, how can children remain with their parents if the government can only hold them 20 days?On Thursday, Sessions, as directed by Trump’s executive order, asked a Los Angeles federal court to modify Flores so that families can be detained until their legal proceedings end. That can take months or even years. The judge over that court, Dolly M. Gee, is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and was appointed by Obama.Attorney Elissa Steglich, who runs the University of Texas immigration clinic, said the court will be unlikely to change the agreement.“The Obama administration also sought to modify it, which the courts denied,” Steglich said.Obama’s solution was to release entire families while they went through civil proceedings.Trump has called on Congress to pass immigration legislation that would change the law so children could remain in custody longer. The order also leaves the door open for families to be … [Read more...] about What we know about the consequences of Trump’s executive order for families crossing the border
Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Jun 20, 2018 Activists are planning civil disobedience June 28 in Washington, D.C., and massive protests June 30 at the capital and in cities around the country in response to the immigration crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, where thousands of asylum seekers have been separated from their children and detained. MoveOn.org is collaborating with several organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Women's March and the National Domestic Workers Alliance, to march starting at 11 a.m. June 30 in Lafayette Square in Washington to protest the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy. In April, the Trump administration began prosecuting adults who cross the border illegally as they seek asylum in the United States. In the process, their children have been separated from them and detained separately. … [Read more...] about Trump’s executive order won’t stop immigration protests in Michigan, D.C.
Though President Trump declared that the executive order he signed Wednesday would "solve" the problem of family separation while parents are prosecuted for illegal border crossing, the order is really only good for 20 days, CBS News' Paula Reid reports, citing a source familiar with the drafting of the order. The order does not override the 1993 Flores v. Reno Supreme Court case, which says that detained migrant children cannot be held in government detention facilities for more than 20 days. Essentially, this means that after the 20-day mark, children may still be separated from their parents. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) currently separates most families when they are apprehended for illegal border crossing, Reid notes. But now, with the executive order, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will take custody of the entire family. However, at the 20-day mark, under the Flores consent decree, the department will have to release the children from custody. Nothing in … [Read more...] about Trump’s executive order only protects against family separation for 20 days
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep families together after they are detained crossing the border illegally, but the zero-tolerance of prosecution policy will continue.Officials hope the order will end what has become a major crisis for the Trump administration. It marks a dramatic departure for an administration that has been insisting, wrongly, that it has no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of the law and a court decision. The news in recent days has been dominated by searing images of children held in cages at border facilities, as well as audio recordings of young children crying for their parents.Trump had tweeted earlier Wednesday that he was "working on something." "It's the Democrats fault, they won't give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation. They want open borders, which breeds horrible crime. Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!" he wrote.The … [Read more...] about President Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border