Obama calls for end to the ‘cruelty’ of family separations

Immigration bill

Nine US states are to join Washington in filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over a policy of separating immigrant families illegally entering the United States.

An earlier report from Fox News Channel said the Trump administration was considering an executive order that would allow immigrant families who cross the border illegally to stay together longer than is now permitted.

"It's very important", Trump told reporters during a White House meeting with members of Congress.

"That's the reality for so numerous families whose plights we see and heart-rending cries we hear".

Prior to Trump's remarks, White House aides refused to comment on rumors of an executive order and Republicans on Capitol Hill seemingly had no knowledge of a coming executive action.

"The administration says it wants Congress to act, and we are", Ryan said during his weekly news conference Thursday morning.

He said he was looking into whether the court could block deportation of parents until they have been reunited with their children, and whether it could force the Trump administration to reunite those separated.

Both first lady Melania Trump and Nielsen reportedly had roles in the changing course.

The Trump administration has triggered bipartisan backlash by implementing a zero-tolerance policy toward illegal border crossings, charging all individuals who cross the border illegally with unlawful entry.

The Democratic mayor said he didn't know until that morning that such large numbers of children taken from their parents were being brought to NY.

It also directs the Department of Defence to take steps to house detained immigrant families as needed.

That's what seems to be happening right now with respect to the "family separation" crisis the administration has engineered via the Justice Department's "zero tolerance" policy, which Jeff Sessions announced in May.

Senate Republicans on Tuesday moved to end a political crisis inflicted on the party by President Trump by voicing support for an immigration bill that would end the separation of children from their parents and guardians at the border. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for a child who arrived without parents.

The measure would also offer protections to another vulnerable group - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients - who are undocumented immigrants brought to the USA as children.

"So I'm going to be signing an executive order in a little while before I go to Minnesota but, at the same time, I think you have to understand, we're keeping families together but we have to keep our borders strong".

Now, with the number of families detained rising during Trump's current immigration crackdown, questions were immediately raised about whether children will be released into foster or other care at the end of 20 days if their parents' immigration proceedings have not wrapped up.

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