Bowing to pressure, Trump signs order stopping family separation

GOP lawmaker rips ‘zero tolerance’ policy at Mexico border

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Pictures of dozens of children sleeping in fenced enclosures and audio of crying children sparked anger in the U.S. from groups ranging from clergy to influential business leaders, as well as condemnation from overseas, including Pope Francis.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll suggests that as much as 28% of the American public supports the separation policy.

Schumer said with most Americans against family separations, it's Republicans "feeling the heat on this issue, and that's why they're squirming".

One of the people said Nielsen, who had become the face of the administration's policy, had little faith that Congress would act to fix the separation issue and felt compelled to act.

More than 2,300 migrant children have been separated from their families at the border since May, the government said.

Trump has been trying to win over congressional support on immigration amid a crisis along the border involving the separation of immigrant children from their families.

But immigrant advocates say that's misleading because customs officers aren't allowing many to enter the they can legally claim asylum, forcing them to try to find other ways in.

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Mr. Trump also once again blamed Democrats for his own policy.

The House of Representatives will vote on Thursday on immigration legislation created to end the USA government's practice of separating families who cross the US border illegally, House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

Mr Cruz's bill would double the number of federal immigration judges, authorise new temporary shelters to house migrant families and limit the processing of asylum cases to no more than 14 days - a goal immigrant advocates say would be hard to meet.

The House is set to vote Thursday on two immigration bills: a more conservative bill authored by Rep.

Several hundred protesters marched in New York City, chanting "Keep families together!" "Children do not belong in jail". "Maybe Trump and Pence do". As I've said, I have been looking at every possible option to stop this policy, to include Senator Feinstein's legislation.

Kushner has been in the Middle East working on the administration's peace plan while cable news filled with emotional photos of children in cages and audio of kids crying for their parents at the Mexican border.

Microsoft Corp CEO Satya Nadella called the policy cruel and abusive in an email to employees that was posted on

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Under previous presidents, families of immigrants crossing the border without official paperwork tended to be issued with summonses for court, rather than be detained and split up.

McConnell said all Republicans in the upper chamber are in favor of stopping immigrant children from being separated from their parents at the border. The policy keeps in place key components of the administration's "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting illegal border crossings along the U.S-Mexico border.

Migrant children are not permitted to be incarcerated with their parents, and are kept in separate facilities maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Trump, addressing what his administration has characterised as an unwanted side effect of his zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration, signed the order to keep families who illegally cross the United States southern border together as they await immigration proceedings.

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

Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader from NY, is adamant that Trump can end the family separations on his own and that legislation is not needed.

The president made the dramatic u-turn Wednesday afternoon amid a growing outcry over distraught children being separated from their families and put in detention centers.

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