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President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday ending his administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents who were detained as they attempted to enter the USA illegally.

Despite Trump's order, it remained unclear how and when more than 2,300 children who have been separated from their parents in the past few weeks would be reunited with them, and where the families would be held while the parents face criminal charges. The administration is not ending its "zero tolerance" approach to border prosecutions.

Titus called the legislation "the dream killer bill", which also would have eliminated family-based immigration.

"The Flores settlement will need to be revised to allow indefinite detention of children", said immigration law professor and dean of the UC Davis School of Law Kevin Johnson.

"If the Democrats would sit down instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly", he said at a June 18 White House event. That's just what he did.

Trump had vigorously defended his "zero tolerance" policy on illegal migrants, saying it was his response to obsolete laws, and needed to secure the southern borders of the U.S. from an "immigration crisis" that is enabling criminals, such as members of the MS-13 global gang, to enter his country.

Mr Trump also said separating families was "certainly not an attractive thing and does look bad", added Representative Tom Cole. Decisions whether or not to prosecute are the purview of the Department of Justice.

The order, which Trump signed Wednesday, directs the Department of Homeland Security to keep families intact when they are caught crossing the border. Finally, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directed to prioritize the adjudication of cases involving detained families. The differing bills could set up a conflict when they go to conference between the two chambers.

And it didn't do much for the teeming outrage over the issue. "A lot of our members want to be able to express themselves by voting for the policies that they like", Ryan said.

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"The administration still plans to criminalize families - including children - by holding them in prison-like detention facilities".

The statement said it aims to reunify the children with their parents. And officials said the cases of the children already separated and turned over to their custody would proceed as usual.

"What is the goal of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms)", Trump tweeted.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump made a U-turn and took executive action aimed at curbing the separation of families. "We are going to have very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together", he said. That's according to aides who demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the situation publicly. He said Thursday the bill would shove more people into jobs. She was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home.

Before the House has even had a chance to vote on the immigration bills, House Speaker Paul Ryan essentially acknowledged both votes would fail, blaming Democrats, who he predicted would not cooperate in the Senate to break a filibuster even if the House passed a bill. It downplays the absence of any Democratic support for legislation that would grant amnesty and a path to citizenship for more than 2 million illegal immigrants. Morales said the blankets serve to represent "the children that have been separated and the children that will be separated by the "zero tolerance" policy".

"For the minors now in the unaccompanied alien children program", Wolfe told POLITICO, "the sponsorship process will proceed as usual". If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for a child who arrived without parents. "But we're going to continue to serve these unaccompanied children through our program".

Pressed on the option to use executive action, Trump said "you can't do it through an executive order".

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. It would also put new limits on state governors' ability to waive work requirements in economically depressed areas.

"We do not want children taken away from their parents".


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