President TrumpDonald John TrumpFamily immigration detention centers could be at capacity within days: "report Trump likely to meet with Putin in July: "report DOJ requests military lawyers to help prosecute immigration crimes: "report MORE ended the separations on Wednesday with an executive order, but it's not clear how that will effect children already separated from their parents or guardians".
Family separation is now a huge issue in the United States, where children have been taken away from their parents as a effect of the Trump government's "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration.
Two people close to Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen said early Wednesday that she was the driving force behind the plan to keep families together after they are detained crossing the border illegally.
Asked about the possibility of an executive order on immigration, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters: "We'll keep you posted".
It is unconscionable, unconscionable, that the government of the United States is warehousing babies and toddlers, alone, in an institutional setting, he said.
Nielsen is working with the other agencies, including the Justice Department, Health and Human Services and the law enforcement agencies within Homeland Security on the proposed changes.
US Customs and Border Protection said on Tuesday that 2342 children had been separated from their parents at the border between May 5 and June 9. "To have your child torn from your arms - children separated from their parents - it causes irrevocable damage".
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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.
"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". "Tomorrow, the House will vote on legislation to keep families together".
That same day, congressional Republicans, keen to secure an end to the separation policy as they worked on separate immigration legislation, got vague marching orders from Trump during a meeting on Capitol Hill.
"As I said last week, we do not want children taken away from their parents. But because of a 1997 order and related decisions, children can not be detained for longer than 20 days with the adults", writes Fox News. Other protesters, who included other parents, children and activists, waved signs as the mothers nursed.
In 2015, a federal judge in Los Angeles expanded the terms of the settlement, ruling that it applies to children who are caught with their parents as well as to those who come to the US alone.
Trump's decision came after sustained bipartisan criticism, including from former first ladies who spoke out Monday. Neither, though, did it require parents to be kept in detention, apart from their children.