'Quit separating the kids!' Trump faces Democratic rage on immigration

'Quit separating the kids!' Trump faces Democratic rage on immigration

Trump is seeking to have the settlement overturned, but his Justice Department said Wednesday that the 20-day policy essentially remains in effect until Congress or the courts take action to change that.

President Trump Wednesday afternoon signed an executive order ending family separation at the U.S. -Mexico border.

"I'll be signing something in a little while that's going to do that", Trump said during a Wednesday meeting with members of Congress at the White House, reports CBS News.

"I'll be doing something that's somewhat preemptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation I'm sure", Trump said.

"Trump said there was a need to sustain his zero tolerance" policy to prevent crime, which he blames illegal immigrants for. The move comes after days of Trump and other administration officials patently insisting that they had no actual policy of separating children from their parents-and had no authority to stop it.

The move has resulted in the U.S. government sending thousands of children to holding camps around the country, images of which have sparked worldwide outrage, even from within Trump's own party.

Also on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who has been at the center of the controversy, reportedly drafted an order that would put an end to the policy she has defended.

About 15 percent of those are arriving as families, and eight percent as unaccompanied children.

While migrants have been jailed pending their trial, they have been separated from their children. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Hoyer: GOP centrists "sold out" Dreamers Wall Street Journal warns GOP may lose House and Senate over immigration MORE (R-Fla.) - who introduced a measure that would circumvent leadership and force votes of four immigration proposals and said, "I'll sign the dang discharge petition".

"The first lady has been making her opinion known to the president for some time now, which was that he needed to do all he could to help families stay together", an official said.

Ryan said it is a "ridiculous choice" to decide between separating families and enforcing laws, and both bills up for consideration would take steps to solve the issue.

The executive order does not undo or diminish Sessions' zero tolerance policy, which has caused the spike in parent-child separations at the southern border.

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said Mr. Trump shouldn't get credit for addressing a problem that he created. But placing children in those facilities would run afoul of the 1997 "Flores Settlement" agreement that limits the government's ability to keep children in detention and orders them to be placed in least-restrictive setting possible. One of the people familiar with Nielsen's thinking said she believes there is no certainty that Congress will act to fix the separation issue.

This is the typical process with executive orders, as it requires a number of moving parts legally and the input of the Office of Legal Counsel. British Prime Minister Theresa May said images of migrant children held in cage-like units were "deeply disturbing".

A potential executive order could emerge as a fallback option for the administration if it wants to alleviate the crisis should the House bill not pass - but talk that it is a possibility seems likely to undermine momentum for Republican senators to take a tough immigration vote. That would mark a sharp departure from the current requirement, as dictated by a 2015 court ruling, that children be released from family detention within 20 days. Former President Barack Obama, who has been conspicuously silent during the child separation crisis, made family incarceration the mainstay of his response to mass displacement from Central America.

ORR has 100 sites scattered across 17 states, which means children can be on the other side of the country from their parents.