US Congress sets immigration vote amid furor over family separations
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 23, 2018,
Jun 23, 2018, 23:47
The objective of the visit to McAllen, Texas, was "to take part in briefings and tours at a nonprofit social services center for children who have entered the United States illegally and a customs and border patrol processing center", according to a statement released by the White House.
Melania Trump was among the first ladies who condemned the practice last week, and today she made her way to a shelter in McAllen, Texas, to meet with the displaced children and social workers who are tasked with their care.
After an anonymous official in the Trump administration told the Washington Post that they will stop prosecuting migrant parents who cross the border illegally with children, a spokesperson at the Department of Justice rebutted the claim. "Indefinitely detaining children with their families in camps is inhumane and will not make us safe", said Sen.
While Trump told a Wednesday campaign crowd that he'd fixed the family separation issue, his administration has not revealed a plan to reunite at least 1995 children USA officials separated from their families.
Trump visited New Hope Children's Shelter in McAllen, Texas, which houses 55 children, six of whom were separated from their families, the rest unaccompanied.
"It is still very early and we are awaiting further guidance on the matter", the Health and Human Services Department said in a statement.
The first lady put pressure on her husband, President Donald Trump, to sign an executive order ending the policy of separating children from their parents entering the country illegally. The words, "Welcome! First Lady" were written in black marker across the red and white bars.
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The Trump administration previously had not said whether any hundreds of children who were separated from their families had been reunited.
"We just have a tremendous passion for working with these children", said program director Roy De La Cerda.
Democrats in both chambers have also introduced separate bills to keep families together and limit criminal prosecutions for asylum seekers, something Republicans say will only encourage more illegal immigration. "She wanted to see as close to what she had been seeing on TV". I sent a letter asking the United Nations to send observers to investigate the unconscionable separation of families at the border.
Asked about it, her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "It's a jacket".
Her trip to Texas was the most high profile public appearance Mrs. Trump had made since undergoing a surgical procedure for a benign kidney condition on May 14.
Speaking at a Cabinet meeting shortly after the first lady arrived at the facility, the president said of the separations, "it really bothered her to be looking at this and seeing it".
"This Executive Order doesn't fix the crisis".