Ex-Head of Office of Refugees Accuses Trump Administration of "Child Abuse"

Ex-Head of Office of Refugees Accuses Trump Administration of

Ex-Head of Office of Refugees Accuses Trump Administration of "Child Abuse"

President Donald Trump has backed down and abandoned his policy of separating immigrant children from their families on the U.S. -Mexico border, after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and overseas.

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.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said he hoped his measure would be matched with legislation in the US Congress.

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

Trump didn't immediately elaborate on the order during remarks in a meeting with U.S. lawmakers at the White House attended by the press.

Nielsen said on Monday, "Congress alone can fix it".

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen drafted an order for the agency to halt the practice of separating families that cross the border illegally, according to the Associated Press.

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"To watch those families broken apart in real time puts to us a very simple question: are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents' arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together?" Ryan has stated he does not support separation of families.

"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".

The Flores settlement, named for a teenage girl who brought the case in the 1980s, requires the government to release children from custody and to their parents, adult relatives or other caretakers, in order of preference. Children don't belong in jail at all, even with their parents, under any set of circumstances.

It also directs the Department of Defence to take steps to house detained immigrant families as needed. He had called on Democratic lawmakers to stop the family separations, even though his fellow Republicans control both chambers in Congress and his own administration implemented the current policy.

Meantime, the Justice Department sought to modify a federal court order that limits U.S. officials' ability to detain immigrant children longer than 20 days.

The children are classified as unaccompanied minors, a legal term generally used for children who cross the border alone and have a possible sponsor in the US willing to care for them.

The president had repeatedly, and as recently as Wednesday morning, blamed Democrats and previous administrations for the widely condemned policy of taking children from parents, and was accused of placing the children in a hostage-like situation so as to not only pass sweeping immigration reforms but to ensure funding for his proposed border wall. The decision did not state parents must be released.

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