Trump to sign order on family separations at US border

Nellie Chapman
June 22, 2018

The Republican-controlled Congress is under pressure to change the policy, following widespread condemnation.

Perry was not at the meeting with Trump, but said he doubts the president's words will affect his position.

"We had a great meeting", Mr Trump said after seeing Republican lawmakers on Tuesday.

But with votes lacking, President Trump has summoned several undecided Republicans to the White House, as well as the top three House GOP leaders.

It's also unclear what will happen to the children already separated.

"Children should not be separated from their parents who are seeking asylum - but neither can the answer be the indefinite jailing of these children with their parents", said Todd Schulte, president of, a pro-business group created by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to work on immigration issues. "While we commend the work of resettlement agencies in MI attempting to serve these children with dignity and compassion, nothing can replace the love, sense of security and care of a parent".

The legislation would halt the separation of immigrant families by preventing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the border. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for a child who arrived without parents.

Doctors and lawyers who visited the shelters described the infants as hysterical, crying, and acting out, according to the AP report.

First lady Melania Trump has also been a factor, a source familiar with the matter told NBC News.

"The dilemma is that if you're weak, if you're weak, which some people would like you to be, if you're really, really pathetically weak, the country's going to be overrun with millions of people", Trump said.

On Tuesday Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso said the practice was "cruel and inhuman", and clearly violated human rights. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said his department will start reuniting detained immigrant children with their parents - but he made no specific commitment on how quickly that can be accomplished. This decision was in a case that established standards for the care of migrant children - what is known as the Flores settlement. A Reuters/Ipsos poll suggests that as much as 28% of the American public supports the separation policy.

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- US policy allows children to be separated from adults under certain conditions.

But he added that the policy "continues to be a zero tolerance ..." Expanded facilities could be key, as migrant children separated from their parents are now housed by a different department, Health and Human Services.

"We want a country with heart".

It's not clear which bases will be used to house the children.

But images of young children in tears, housed in metal cages, set off an worldwide outcry.

"What the Trump Administration is doing is immoral at its core".

The House of Representatives is preparing this week to vote on a moderate immigration bill.

Trump signing an executive order to stop the practice of separating families would cap off a week of chaotic messaging from the White House.

"There's no need for legislation".

The only other woman reportedly in the room was White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was standing.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters he's reaching out to Democrats for bipartisan backing.

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