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House rejects hard-right immigration bill, baring GOP divide

23 June 2018

House members will vote on a bill that funds Trump's signature campaign promise of a border wall and provides a path to citizenship for individuals who were brought to the USA illegally as children by their parents, all happening under a retiring speaker who once vowed to conservatives he would not touch immigration as long as Barack Obama was President.

Trump said the executive order is about keeping families together while at the same time making sure that they have a very powerful and strong border.

Mr Trump's executive order reads: "It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources".

Pelosi said using terrified small children as "leverage" to push the President's anti-immigrant agenda represents an "unspeakably appalling moral low-point for our nation".

Niurka Lopez of MI said Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy made sense because her family came to the USA legally from Cuba and everyone else should, too.

The family separations, highlighted by videos of youngsters detained in cages and an audiotape of wailing children, have sparked an outcry at home and strong condemnation overseas.

The administration's move comes after withering criticism for its heavy-handed and cold-hearted response to an immigration crisis following the implementation of its zero-tolerance policy that has resulted in children being forcibly separated from Central and South American parents who illegally cross the border.

On Wednesday, Trump reversed himself and took executive action aimed at curbing the separation of families.

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Videos of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of wailing children had sparked anger in the United States from groups ranging from clergy to influential business leaders, as well as condemnation from overseas, including Pope Francis.

"I actually think we're advancing the cause even if something doesn't necessarily pass", he said.

An avid viewer of cable television news, Trump recognized that the family separation issue was a growing political problem, White House sources said.

Speaking before the global media following the conclusion of the summit, Trump said he will suspend military exercises with South Korea while North Korea works on fulfilling its commitment to denuclearization. My wife feels very strongly about it.

"And if you're strong then you don't have any heart".

Sanders said several Trump Cabinet members should step down in general, including Nielsen.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Ivanka Trump had made calls to congressional leaders, advocating for a fix. Any attempt by the government to modify the agreement would likely face opposition from the lawyers who negotiated it, according to representatives of immigrant rights organizations.

And Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was verbally attacked by Trump over trade, also said the current USA policy of separating child migrants from their parents and detaining them is "unacceptable". "And we will have that - at the same time, we have compassion, we want to keep families together".

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The executive order announced a major chance on who will handle detentions. "Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!", he wrote.

It is unclear how long this will take to litigate or whether the judges would be willing to permit indefinite detention of minors.

His executive order would keep most families together during the process of prosecution and deportation at the border, except in cases where an adult may pose a threat to a child.

Nearly 2,000 immigrant children were forcibly separated from their parents between April 19 and May 31 following arrests involving illegal entry into the United States, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The parliamentary path promises however arduous despite the Republican majority in Congress. 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.

"Congress needs to legislate", DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday after meetings on Capitol Hill.

But democrats oppose them and it is uncertain that they will pass.

MariRuth Petzing, managing attorney of the nonprofit Immigration Counseling Service's Hood River office, explained what generally happens to children who arrive alone at the border or are separated from their parents or adults with whom they are traveling.

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Northam, a Democrat, said the allegations were disturbing and directed the state's secretary of public safety and homeland security and the Department of Juvenile Justice to report back to him "to ensure the safety of every child being held there".

House rejects hard-right immigration bill, baring GOP divide