Separation of migrant families at border stops

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Iowa voters learned that another 2020 prospect, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, was canceling a weekend appearance in the leadoff presidential caucus state to attend a demonstration at a refugee tent city along the U.S-Mexico border.

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order ending his policy of taking migrant children away from their parents at the border.

Virginia's governor ordered state officials to investigate abuse claims by children at an immigration detention facility who said they were beaten while handcuffed, locked up for long periods in solitary confinement and left nude and shivering in concrete cells.

The executive order does not undo or diminish Sessions' zero tolerance policy, which has caused the spike in parent-child separations at the southern border.

In an ironic twist to the anti-immigrant stance of the President and his team, the U.S. also announced its withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council for unrelated reasons, denouncing it as a "cesspool of political bias". It also calls into question numerous administration's recent claims about the basis of the "zero tolerance" policy that was announced by Sessions in April. In recent weeks, more than 2,500 such children were separated from their parents.

Trump signed the executive order following widespread protests against the move of his administration to separate children from their parents who illegally enter the country.

In the executive order, Trump makes an effort to have families' cases decided faster in immigration courts.

Video footage of children sitting in cages and an audiotape of wailing children had sparked anger as the images were broadcast worldwide. "It's about keeping families together", Mr Trump said at the signing ceremony on Wednesday.

In the Oval Office, Trump said he had also heard from his daughter and aide, Ivanka Trump, about the policy. "This will solve that problem and at the same time we are keeping a very strong border". My wife feels very strongly about it. "Perhaps I would rather be strong, but that's a tough dilemma", he told lawmakers in a White House meeting that culminated in his administration backing down.

"So you do all this vetting, fingerprinting, an Federal Bureau of Investigation background check, and then the placement is sent to Washington D.C. for final approval", Baxter-Neal said.

A Pentagon memo to members of Congress, obtained by the AP, said the military has been asked to have the facilities available as early as July, through the end of the year.

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The passengers come from 26 countries, mainly from Africa but also Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, according to MSF. Valencia City Council said on Saturday it was expecting the ship to arrive in the next few hours.

While the establishment media and Democrats have focused primarily on this tiny sample of child border crossers taken from the adults they traveled across the border with, the number of American children who have been separated from their parents is vastly higher. A senior Justice Department official told The Associated Press that hasn't changed.

Children, because of a 1997 order and related decisions, can not be detained for longer than 20 days with the adults. Any attempt by the government to modify the agreement would likely face opposition from the lawyers who negotiated it, according to representatives of immigrant rights organizations.

Speaking with reporters Wednesday, Trump noted that the order would maintain his "zero tolerance" policy on people attempting to immigrate illegally into the United States, but that it would allow children to remain with their parents or other adult guardians.

Both he and Sanders refused to comment on the existence of an executive order draft. "And now. everyone's talking about immigration reform and I think President Trump is getting exactly what he wants". Senate Republicans introduced their own bill to halt the family separations by allowing families to be held indefinitely in custody.

He said he had been swayed by images of children who have been taken from parents while they are jailed and prosecuted for illegal border-crossing.

According to government figures, more than 2,300 minors separated from their families after illegally crossing the USA southern border with Mexico from May 5 through June 9.

The executive order seeks more authority to detain families together until the end of their immigration proceedings.

The order dictates other agencies, including the Pentagon, to take steps to find places to house family units.

The Republican-controlled US Congress is considering legislation to address the issue. The House is considering two immigration bills, although neither dealt in particular with the family separation policy.

After visiting Capitol Hill on Tuesday night to rally a broad immigration bill, Trump said Wednesday that he still hopes that Congress will act.

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