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Trump responds to immigrant child crisis by ramping up rhetoric

25 June 2018

Some children were still in the border patrol's custody when their parents finished criminal proceedings for crossing into the US, the statement said, and those families were then transferred together to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to face deportation proceedings.

President Donald Trump defended the detention conditions for migrant families who cross the border illegally, arguing his administration does a "much better job" than the Obama administration.

With both White House arguments proving untenable and public pressure mounting in the wake of photographs of children kept in cages at a Texas facility and audio of them crying out for their moms and dads, Trump signed an executive order Wednesday meant to keep families together at the border.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end his policy of separating immigrant children from their families on the US-Mexico border, after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and overseas. Also, they said, The Villages told them it needed two weeks' notice for a tour - something they had hoped to do Thursday.

Parents who remained locked up struggled to get in touch with children being held in many cases hundreds of miles away.

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Days after yielding to pressure to reverse his policy of separating migrant families at the southern border, US President Donald Trump returned to the nativist rhetoric that animated his outsider presidential campaign, casting immigrants as threats to "our citizens". Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont said Friday that Trump's assertion was "bizarre" and that the border patrol processing center he visited in Texas in recent days was "nothing short of a prison". Unlike criminal defendants, they do not have a right to appointed counsel, to bail, to a prompt hearing, and to many other due process protections.

"Let's be clear: a society is judged based on how it treats its children".

"Only 37 percent say they want to live in a sanctuary community that protects illegal immigrants from federal immigration authorities", the poll's report stated.

She has been reaching out to the parents at a detention facility in Port Isabel, Texas, to collect information about their cases and their children.

Democratic lawmakers said they aren't convinced that the government has any real plans to reunite the families.

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The president has been on the defensive this week because of his "zero tolerance" enforcement policy that has led to at least 2500 migrant children being separated from their parents. He said VOICE, launched past year by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was set up to help victims receive information on their perpetrators. CNN then returned to coverage of illegal immigrant families being separated after crossing the USA border. California Congresswoman Jackie Speier said it was "for all intents and purposes, a prison".

"Visiting w children at the shelter in #Texas yesterday was very touching".

The reversal left a host of unanswered questions, including where the government will house newly detained migrants in an already overcrowded system, and precisely how parents and children will be kept together.

One protester told MSNBC he came from Austin, Texas, to show resistance and "protest the detention of families and children". LUPE was a sponsor of the Saturday event.

Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia sued the administration in federal court, forcing the Justice Department to release the child.

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Trump responds to immigrant child crisis by ramping up rhetoric