Rauner: Separating children from parents is 'bad policy'

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More than 2,300 migrant children have been separated from their families at the border since May, the government said. Bob Carey served as the director of Office of Refugee Resettlement during the Obama administration, the federal agency responsible for caring for children who are separated from their families.

Even with fellow Republicans demanding the separations be stopped, Trump doubled down on the policy early Tuesday, saying: "When you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away".

Particularly worrisome, Republican operatives say, is that the images and sound of children in detention facilities could have a lasting impact with suburban women and drown out the economic-success message the party has been pushing.

The Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy broke with that approach by separating families and sending adults to ICE jails while assigning migrant children to shelters run by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Still, most Democrats are not on board with the compromise bill, which is one of two House bills on the table that funds the border wall, gives DACA recipients a path to citizenship and includes language that would keep families together. Chinese social media users are scratching their heads over a "Chinese proverb" US President Donald Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka posted to Twitter as her father prepared for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

An official also confirmed that the children already separated won't be immediately reunited with their families. She said the number of adults and children arriving at the border who fraudulently claimed to be a family group rose 314 percent between October 2017 and February, without specifying the number of cases. Trump said the "zero tolerance" policy would continue but said his executive order is "about keeping families together while ensuring we have a powerful, very strong border".

The policy had led to a spike in family separations in recent weeks, with more than 2,300 minors separated from their families at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to Homeland Security.

"We want to keep families together".

The effort would mark a dramatic turnaround 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. Former first lady Laura Bush wrote that the family separation policy is "cruel".

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Ahead of the 1922 meeting, Conservative Remain campaigner Sarah Wollaston called for "further concessions" on the customs union. A separate vote against the Lords customs union amendment was rejected by 325 votes to 298, at a majority of 27.

Coffman's opponent, Democrat Jason Crow, said his campaign is holding a protest outside a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Aurora on Wednesday, where he'll read Coffman's voting record and the Republican's own words from previous immigration debates.

The order also provides that the Department of Homeland Security won't detain an immigrant family together "when there is a concern that detention of an alien child with the child's alien parent would pose a risk to the child's welfare". The official did not know what prompted Trump to change course. "Do we look away, or do we choose to see something of ourselves and our children?" "Instead of protecting traumatised children, the President has directed his Attorney General to pave the way for the long-term incarceration of families in prison-like conditions", said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The issue struck an emotional chord, with accounts of children screaming and crying in facilities prepared for them.

"The system has been broken for many years, the immigration system, it has been a really bad, bad system".

Instead, the process requires coordination between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which holds numerous parents, and HHS, which takes custody of children and places them with adult "sponsors".

Representative Kristi Noem said Mr Trump told politicians he "would continue to support the legislation, and that people shouldn't be anxious that he would change his mind".

But the chances of the bill passing are unclear as is the case with any bill dealing with the volatile issue of immigration.

Republican lawmakers emerged from the 45-minute huddle energized that Trump was giving his backing to legislation that House leaders expect to bring to a vote this week.

Justice Department lawyers have been working to find a legal workaround for a class-action lawsuit settlement that set policies for the treatment and release of unaccompanied children who are caught at the border, or crafting an order that would defy the settlement and force it back into court to argue for changes.

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