With eyes on midterms, Trump embraces immigration fight

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Critics of the administration's zero-tolerance policy say that it's not only cruel to split families up, but also unjust to not have a mechanism in place to get them back together.

"We still have to maintain toughness, or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and we don't want", he said.

Speaker Paul Ryan is pushing ahead with votes on rival House GOP immigration bills, but neither appears to have enough support for passage, forcing the Trump administration to consider executive action to stem the crisis of family separations at the border.

The Department of Health and Human Services said there are now 11,700 children under its care in 100 shelters across 17 states. In the meantime, he said, this is not a matter for the Pentagon to comment on. Senators anxious Trump's fix would not stand up in court and were eager to go on record in opposition to the practice of separating families.

As Republicans met privately Wednesday to discuss their legislation, House Democrats brought about two dozen immigrant children to the chamber floor in an unusual morning protest that defied House rules as they condemned the separation of families at the border.

Earlier this week, ProPublica obtained chilling audio of 10 Central American children screaming inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection after being separated from their parents, which quickly went viral. The administration still has no real plans to address that financial and logistical problem before locking up immigrants, including asylum seekers.

President Trump is hardly the first US president to face challenges with border control and checks on immigration.

But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY signalled that no such support would be coming, saying it's already in Trump's power to keep the families together.

President Donald Trump backed down and abandoned on Wednesday 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.

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The White House has indicated the president would support both bills, which are slated for Thursday floor votes.

On Tuesday, Trump argued that sticking by his policies was a winning political strategy as he took a fresh shot at Democrats. "But we also don't want families to be locked up in internment centers in America". Simply putting children with their parents does not end the question of the constitutionality of their and their family's detention for an indefinite period of time.

Tyler Houlton, a DHS spokesman, called the airlines' decision "unfortunate".

Texan Congresswoman Sheila Lee told CNN she had been to the border and witnessed the horror herself. Juan Vargas, a Democrat from southern California, shouted as Trump exited the meeting. "And we're going to work on that". Theirs is narrow legislation proposed by Sen. This may mean that immigration activists, speaking for families being held indefinitely by the government, could legally challenge the executive order.

On Tuesday evening, protesters heckled United States homeland security chief Kirstjen Nielsen as she dined at a Mexican restaurant in Washington.

The spectacular about-face comes after more than 2,300 children were stripped from their parents and adult relatives after illegally crossing the border since May 5 and placed in tent camps and other facilities, with no way to contact their relatives. She told The Guardian the practice was "as evil and criminal as what happened to me and my siblings as children in Nazi Europe". Under longstanding law, children can not remain with adults being detained on criminal charges.

At the moment, thousands of migrant children are being held in various federal government facilities, including a "tent city" in stifling heat located in Tornillo, Texas not far from the US-Mexico border. Nielsen, of course, claimed just days ago, "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border".

"I'll be doing something that's somewhat pre-emptive but ultimately will be matched by legislation I'm sure", Trump told reporters at the White House.

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 U.S. alone.

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