WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he would sign an
executive order on immigration on Wednesday to end the separation of immigrant
families at the U.S.-Mexico border, which has sparked outrage in the United
States and abroad.
Trump, whose administration weeks ago began separating hundreds of children
from their parents at the border, did not describe the specifics of the order.
“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.
“We want security for our country,” Trump said. “We will
have that as the same time we have compassion ... I’ll be signing
something in a little while that’s going to do that.”
The New York Times reported Trump was preparing an executive order that
ends the separation of families by indefinitely detaining parents and
children together, flouting a court settlement that prohibits such a move,
according to a person familiar with his plans.
Videos of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of wailing children have
sparked anger in the United States from groups ranging from clergy to
influential business leaders, as well as condemnation from abroad, including
Trump said he hoped his measure would be matched by legislation in the
The House of Representatives planned to vote on Thursday on two bills designed
to halt the practice of separating families and to address other immigration issues.
But Republicans said they were uncertain if either measure would have enough
support to be approved. Trump told House Republicans on Tuesday night
he would support either of the immigration bills under consideration but
did not give a preference.
Trump campaigned on stopping illegal immigration, including building a
wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He has fiercely defended his administration’s
actions. He had earlier 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.
A Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll released on Tuesday showed fewer
than one in three American adults supporting the separation policy.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said on Tuesday that 2,342 children
had been separated from their parents at the border between May 5 and June 9.
The separations began after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in
early April that all immigrants apprehended while crossing the U.S.-Mexico
border illegally should be criminally prosecuted.
Parents who are referred by border agents for prosecution are held in federal
jails, while their children remain in U.S. Customs and Border Protection
custody or are moved into detention facilities managed by the Office of
Refugee Resettlement, a Department of Health and Human Services agency.
Both Republican bills in the House, which Democrats and immigration advocacy
groups have blasted, would fund Trump’s border wall and reduce legal
migration, in part by denying visas for some relatives of U.S. residents
and citizens who are living abroad, sometimes referred to as “chain
The more conservative bill from Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte
also would deny the chance of future citizenship to “Dreamers,”
who are immigrants brought illegally into the United States years ago
House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that compromise legislation under
discussion would provide funding to allow the Department of Homeland Security
enough resources to house and care for families as they stayed together
during the process.
“Under this bill, when people are being prosecuted for illegally
crossing the border, families will remain together under DHS custody throughout
the length of their legal proceedings,” he said.
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