Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Barack Obama Rebukes Trump's Separation of Immigrant Families

Barack Obama Rebukes Trump's Separation of Immigrant Families

But the volume of condemnation on breaking up families, from inside and outside the White House, finally overwhelmed Trump.

Trump's climbdown came after he faced intense pressure from across the political spectrum and from religious, political and world leaders to halt the separations, which produced days of heartrending news coverage of crying children - some of whom were kept in cage-like detention centers. The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center said the order didn't go almost far enough. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for a child who arrived without parents. "If the president thinks placing families in jail indefinitely is what people have been asking for, he is grossly mistaken", said Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

In 2016, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that child migrants who came to the border with parents and were held in custody must be released.

"As parents we refuse sit by while the government removes children from their parents at the USA border", the organizers said when they announced the event.

"We want to keep families together". "Tomorrow, the House will vote on legislation to keep families together".

Whatever else he may achieve, from foreign policy to the economy, President Trump's cruel immigration policy will be a lasting stain on his legacy. About 200 immigration detainees have been transferred to the federal prison, including women separated from their children under President Donald Trump's policy. We are also going to count on Congress, obviously, but we are signing an executive order in a little while. But Republicans said they were uncertain if either measure would have enough support to be approved.


Trump said he faced a dilemma between what he considered weak border-enforcement policies that allowed too many undocumented immigrants into the country, but he said stricter border enforcement stirred accusations that "you don't have any heart", then added "perhaps I'd rather be strong".

The week is ending the way it started - with lots of confusion about the policy that resulted in separating immigrant children from their parents.

Prior to the impromptu comments, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was reportedly already drafting an executive action that would address the administration's policy that was put in place by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month, according to the Associated Press. "Bottom line is this: We are going to take action to keep families together while we enforce our immigration laws".

The top Republican in the US Congress said: "We do not want children taken away from their parents".

The White House may run into legal difficulties if the executive order requires families to be held intact together indefinitely since a federal consent decree known as the Flores settlement says children must be released after 20 days.

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