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Despite executive order, families may not be put back together

21 June 2018

The US House of Representatives is due to vote on immigration reform bills today that would provide funding for President Donald Trump's border wall and address the issue of family separations.

President Trump, who had previously supported a policy that separated immigrant families at the US border, signed an executive order ending that practice on Wednesday (June 20).

The president says his administration is trying to balance rigorous enforcement of USA immigration laws and pursue its policy of maintaining family unity.

Given those figures, the centers would be full within eight days.

"I'll be doing something that's somewhat pre-emptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation, I'm sure", Trump said at the White House, adding that he would still like to see Congress take action later. That's what he did on Wednesday.

Others noted that while the executive order signed by Trump says it is now "policy of this Administration to maintain family unity", it also leaves unclear what will happen to more than 2,000 children who in recent weeks have been separated from their families.

Mr Trump's executive order now requires immigrant families be detained together when they are caught entering the country illegally.

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About a dozen people gathered for a protest against Walmart in Dallas on Wednesday, accusing the giant retailer of profiting from the detention of children separated from their parents at the southern border.

Last night the President said he would sign an executive order ending the policy.

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Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, - usually a reliable Trump ally - also likely played a role.

The first lady has been working for several days behind the scenes, encouraging the President to keep families together, a White House official told CNN.

On Wednesday afternoon, congressional Democrats gathered on the Capitol steps to protest the practice of child separation.

Trump and others in the White House have made similar spelling errors in the past. We want to keep families together. Those people were not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity. "Working to resolve a communication issue on the compromise immigration bill". She was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home.

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Earlier Wednesday morning, Trump blamed Democrats, tweeting, "It's the Democrats fault, they won't give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation. They really would like to have open borders where anybody in the world can just flow in, including the Middle East", said Trump.

He writes, "Republicans want security".

In the meantime, the issue of family separation is pressuring Republicans to act as midterm elections loom.

The administration separated 1,995 children from 1,940 adults from April 19 to May 31 after zero tolerance was announced, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

When asked specifically about the images of children being taken from their parents at immigration centers, Trump said that the images affected him. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for the child who arrived without parents.

At the moment, thousands of migrant children are being held in various federal government facilities, including a "tent city" in stifling heat located in Tornillo, Texas not far from the US-Mexico border.

The action came after a firestorm of protest from administration opponents and allies, reacting to pictures and sounds of young children traumatized by their separation from their parents at the hands of USA authorities.

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That led to confusion and difficulty for parents as they tried to reunite with their children, who in some cases were sent across the country.

Despite executive order, families may not be put back together