In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

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The order does not end a "zero tolerance" policy that calls for criminal prosecution of immigrants crossing the border illegally.

Pictures and accounts of the separations sparked outrage and a rebellion among Republicans in Trump's own party, as well as worldwide accusation that the United States was committing human rights violations. None of them were accompanied by minors or family members.

She came under fire late last month for a social media post with her young son, both in pajamas, cuddling in the days after the policy of separating children from their parents at the border came to light. "I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated". But placing children in those facilities would run afoul of the 1997 "Flores Settlement" agreement that limits the government's ability to keep children in detention and orders them to be placed in least-restrictive setting possible. The group also filed a class-action suit in February in San Diego federal court over family separation of individuals seeking asylum and the judge set a hearing for Thursday to discuss the new White House executive order.

More than 100 protesters demonstrate outside the federal courthouse where a federal judge will hear arguments over the US Justice Department's request to block three California laws that extend protections to people in the country illegally, on June 20, 2018, in Sacramento, California. You can find out more information on that and on locally organized events right here.

Trump asserts that this order doesn't mean that he's softened his stance on his immigration policy. "We also don't want families who are fleeing for their lives to be sent back into the burning house that they've escaped from, and we also don't want America to be a place where you can't get a fair shot in a life-and-death decision".

Republican senators have urged US President Donald Trump to end his "zero tolerance" policy. Finally, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directed to prioritize the adjudication of cases involving detained families.

In a separate report, Fox News said that Trump was considering signing an executive action that would allow children to stay with their parents.

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The Republican-controlled U.S. Congress is also considering legislation to address the issue.

Following the order, the Democratic House Committee on Homeland Security, condemned the executive order and said that amid the fanfare of his televised signing ceremony, there was no mention of the administration planned to reunite the separated children with their parents.

In recent days, the Republican president had insisted his hands were tied by law on the issue of family separations and had sought to blame Democrats, although it was his administration that implemented the policy of strict adherence to immigration law. "Those who are responsible are the immigrant parents and the politicians who encourage them to come".

Why were families forced to separate?

Once in the US, these children are vulnerable to labor or sex trafficking.

"They really would like to have open borders where they can just flow in", Mr. Trump said of congressional Democrats.

"The real fault is with the parents", added Berry, who doesn't object to keeping children with their parents.

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