Trump's migrant policy: First blowback, then about-face

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Babies as young as 3 months old arrive in Michigan after being taken from their immigrant parents

The House of Representatives planned to vote on Thursday on two bills created to halt family separations and address a range of other immigration issues.

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to keep families together at the border, but says that the "zero-tolerance" prosecution policy will continue, during an event in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

Aside from Congressional Democrats, the Trump administration was facing major opposition from Republican lawmakers over its immigration policy.

While the President reversed course after days of digging in, finding a balance between enforcement of United States immigration laws and maintaining family unity will lead to many unknowns.

Congress is still struggling to resolve myriad issues, including the fate of unauthorized immigrants brought into the country as children, as well as Trump's demand for $25 billion to build a wall along the southwestern border, with the House facing a series of hard votes Thursday on the immigration question. They also raised a series of new questions for the Trump administration, including whether White House policy director Stephen Miller, who helped design the family-separation policy, would be disciplined.

The comments come amid news that homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been working on executive action that would end the separation process. Neither is the long-term plan for families who are detained jointly.

And when he signed an executive order on Wednesday to end forced separations on his own, they shrugged.

The House is scheduled to vote Thursday on two competing proposals for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system: Both a hard-line proposal favored by conservatives and a more moderate bill put forward by House Speaker Paul Ryan would allow Trump to keep prosecuting parents who cross illegally but expand capacity for detaining families so they're not separated from their children.

Since the White House announced its zero tolerance policy in early May, more than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border, resulting in an influx of young children requiring government care. But he didn't provide details on any plans to unite separated families. He argued that using the term "indefinite detention" is "disingenuous". Senators anxious Trump's fix would not stand up in court and were eager to go on record in opposition to the practice of separating families. But House GOP leaders still were pulling out the stops to bring reluctant Republicans on board in hopes of resolving broader immigration issues ahead of the November midterm election.

"We still have to maintain toughness, or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and we don't want", he said.

The executive order states that immigrant families will be detained together, except in cases where there are concerns about the child's welfare, but it is unclear for how long.

Doors of BJP open for all political parties including PDP: Ashok Koul
She wanted it to continue, whereas given the security situation in the state, the BJP was not willing to continue with ceasefire. But in the three and half years of the rule, there has been perpetual sparring between PDP and BJP over several issues.

As heart-wrenching photos of children held in cages and audio of terrified children crying out for their parents stoked outrage among Democrats and Republicans alike, die-hard Trump supporters remained steadfast. Presiding Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., gaveled the House to order.

A so-called compromise bill between GOP factions had been teetering on brink of collapse ever since it was introduced last week.

He again placed blame for the separation of children at the border on the Democrats, having earlier claimed that "they won't give us the votes needed to pass good legislation".

USA officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Tuesday that in coming days North Korea would hand over a "sizeable number" of remains to United Nations Command in South Korea, and they would then be transferred to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.

The reason youngsters have been split up from their parents is because it was forbidden to place children in a federal jail, and Mr Trump wants that law changed.

Theirs is narrow legislation proposed by Sen.

The order also asks Secretary of Defense James Mattis to make available any existing military facilities for the housing and care of immigrant families. Facilities would have to be "secure and safe". "Instead, they are intent on furthering their agenda of open borders and trying to release all illegal alien families and minors who show up at the border", the President said.

There are now far more beds for single adults in the government than for families.

As they left the meeting, it was clear that even among the most willing of senators to work together, political divisions on resolving this issue in the long term run deep and wouldn't be solved quickly or easily.

Even if the House approves the bill, passage in the Senate appears unlikely.

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