In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

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President Donald Trump signed an order Wednesday stopping his administration's policy of separating children from their parents if they are caught illegally crossing the USA border.

"We're going to have strong, very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together", said Trump, who added that he didn't like the "sight" or "feeling" of children separated from their parents.

It all began with a new Trump administration policy, enacted in mid-April, to refer every person caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution, including those who arrive with children.

In other words, Trump can't bring himself to move from his position that only Congress can fix the family separation problem - which no one else in Washington shares - and for that matter, has not yet signaled he would accept narrowly cast legislation to end family separation without a broader deal that gets him his precious border wall and legal immigration restrictions. "We should be encouraging families to stay together", Abramson said.

The president has also cancelled the congressional picnic, which was scheduled to happen at the White House Thursday.

"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.

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Former US President Barack Obama called Wednesday for an end to the separation of migrant children from parents at the US-Mexico border, saying the "cruelty" of the practice was contrary to American ideals.

Numerous well-documented accounts of young immigrant children being separated from their alien parents at border locations are flooding television screens and newspaper columns across the country. Under the Obama administration, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation.

Every time it seems the Trump administration's immigration policy can not get any worse, it does. 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. The order would ask the Department of Defense to help house the detained families. If children are to be sent here he should demand paperwork connecting those children to a parent somewhere.

The policies of separating children from adults who are being prosecuted were in place during the Obama administration and date back to former president George W. Bush. "But because of a 1997 order and related decisions, children can not be detained for longer than 20 days with the adults", writes Fox News.

The measure would also offer protections to another vulnerable group - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients - who are undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. The decision did not state parents must be released.

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