Confusion swirls on border after Trump reversal on families

House rejects hard-right immigration bill, baring GOP divide

"And I had no clue at that point that I would ever be at the White House", one mother, who wore the ashes of her son, killed by a drunk driver, in a locket around her neck. You never hear this side.

An ICE officer replied in a note in English: "I do not have this information".

He then called out Rep. Paul Ryan, as well as many other Republicans, for being one of the "president's poodles" before dishing out a harsh indictment of the Republican's lack of response to the family separation policy. The mothers themselves could not be contacted because access to detained immigrants is hard.

An executive order signed by Donald Trump to stop children being separated from their families at the United States border has caused confusion among officials attempting to maintain the president's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy.

President Trump stood alongside "angel families" who have been affected by crimes committed by undocumented immigrants Friday, as he continues his push for strong borders.

Immigrants who remained locked up and separated from their families struggled to get in touch with children being held in many cases hundreds of miles away.

"We can not allow our country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phony stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections", Trump tweeted. She said members think, "The day's not over". And he also has no interest in undermining President Trump's claim that the White House would love to help Dreamers but those rascally Democrats are standing in the way. He has falsely blamed Democrats for forcing them to enforce the policy.

Trump also chided Republican lawmakers for "wasting their time on immigration" while imploring them to wait until after the midterm elections in November when he hopes a "red wave" will take over the House and Senate.

After spending the early part of the week insisting on the need for congressional immigration action, by Friday he had abandoned those efforts - tweeting that Republicans were "wasting their time" - and is girding for mid-term warfare.

He had said only Congress could solve the problem, before doing an about-face and issuing the executive order under pressure from his wife and eldest daughter.

President Donald Trump spoke Friday at an event with families he said had been "permanently separated" from loved ones who were allegedly killed at the hands of unauthorized immigrants.

All 435 House seats and a third of the 100-member Senate will be up for grabs in November.

Despite Republican control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the party's slim 51-49 majority in the latter chamber makes some Democratic support necessary to pass most legislation.

Republican leaders delayed a vote Thursday on what was billed as a compromise measure to fund border security and address legal status for young immigrants brought to the US unlawfully as children, as they try to win more support for the bill. The so-called compromise bill is scheduled for a Friday vote.

"Without the president having legislators' backs, there's no way they're going to take the risks that would be inherent in a major reform bill", Sanford told CNN.

Trump's decision to stop separating families, announced Wednesday after a fierce global outcry, has led to confusion and uncertainty along the border.

The president's comments came two days after he signed an executive order ending family separations when photographs of children being held in wire mesh cages caused an outcry.

The U.S. Capitol building.

A 7-year-old boy and his migrant mother separated a month ago were reunited Friday after she sued in federal court and the Justice Department agreed to release the child. That would be a sharp increase from the 2,500 beds available for families in the last fiscal year. "Your loss will not have been in vain", he told the group.

There were also signs that the administration is easing, for now at least, its policy of prosecuting all adults caught crossing the border illegally.

It was widely assumed the toddler and her mother had been separated under President Donald Trump's now-rescinded policy that resulted in separating families entering the USA illegally.

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