Supporters of Pres. Trump steadfast despite immigration uproar

Supporters of Pres. Trump steadfast despite immigration uproar

Kerry Wise
June 23, 2018

Critics have countered that Mr Trump unilaterally created the situation that produced the heart-rending accounts of children separated from their parents, and he could unilaterally fix it. So why do I say this is going to fail? The order also did not provide any date or timeline on when it would be implemented and does not address how the more than 2,000 children already stripped from their families would be reunited.

"Separating mothers from small children is not a winning issue for him", Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Darrell West told Xinhua. But cases where there is a concern that parents "would pose a risk to the child's welfare" have been exempted from the executive order. If neither branch acts within 20 days, newly detained families may again be separated.

"The optics of what's happening here directly at the border isn't something that he wants to have on his watch, but at the end of the day, he still wants to focus the attention of Congress on the fundamental need for immigration reform in the United States and I think he's gonna hold firm on that", said Pappas, 53.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Ivanka Trump had phoned lawmakers on Capitol Hill to echo the president's call to pass legislation to solve the issue completely.

Immigrant rights' advocates on Wednesday said they anxious about what that could mean for the due process rights of migrants and for their ability to make asylum claims from detention centers.

The president and his top aides have insisted for days that they had no choice but to separate children from their parents due to unspecified US laws.

"Today's order is likely to just have the effect of jailing families who are seeking safety for months or years", Tumlin said. "And we also add new judges so that we can expedite the hearing they're entitled to, and dispose of their case either by sending them back together as a family or admitting them into the country as a family".

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That is more politically hospitable ground for Republicans, who already face challenging mid-term congressional elections.

The Trump administration came under intense criticism for its "zero-tolerance" policy after recent images from a detention center in Texas showed children locked up in cages. As a matter of regulation, they were not allowed to be detained with their parents during legal proceedings. Perhaps more importantly, 70 percent of women disapprove, according to a Quinnipiac University poll taken June 14-17.

The lines of asylum seekers at some locations on the border seem to have waned in recent days as the US government's treatment of migrants has come under scrutiny.

Liberal advocacy group Southern Poverty Law Center said Trump's order to reverse the policy of family separations doesn't go far enough.

As noted by Rutgers University research, there are about 2.8 million American children who were separated from at least one of their incarcerated parents. Holding cells: They are first detained at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities, where chain-link fenced enclosures are used, though the children can only be legally held there for three days.

Second Vice President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Allen Orr told Sputnik that Trump's order is problematic because it would require the detention of children for more than 20 days, something that was settled under the Flores agreement. The decision did not state parents must be released. Trump has instructed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ask a federal court to overturn the settlement.

"T$3 o 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?" A top HHS official told Agence France-Presse on Tuesday they have no system in place to do so.