An earlier report from Fox News Channel said the Trump administration was considering an executive order that would allow immigrant families who cross the border illegally to stay together longer than is now permitted. Depending on the availability of space, his order does not indicate whether children will continue to remain separated from their parents while additional facilities are being built.
"We're not there yet but we're working on it", she said. "We have done everything we can do in the executive branch". Party leaders, including Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, have lobbied lawmakers this week in hopes of securing their support for the legislation.
Trump's order said the government would maintain a "zero tolerance" policy toward those who break the law, but the senior USA official, asked to explain how the government would change enforcement practices, said Border Patrol agents were instructed Wednesday evening to stop sending parents with children to federal courthouses for prosecution.
The migrants ask to be immediately reunited with their children.
De Blasio told reporters the children at Harlem's Cayuga Center included a 9-year-old Honduran boy sent to the center 2,000 miles by bus after being detained at the border.
The compromise bill includes a provision requiring children and their parents to be detained together if they cross the border illegally. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi but said they'll be forced to do a "real deal" on the border wall, "so easy", problem solved.
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"We can enforce our immigration laws without breaking families apart", Ryan said Wednesday before Trump announced he would sign an executive order to end breaking up families.
"The President doesn't get any brownie points for moving from a policy of locking up kids and families separately to locking them up together". The decision to cease prosecutions of parents with children was made by the Department of Homeland Security for logistical purposes because the official said it would not be "feasible" to bring children to federal courtrooms while their parents go before a judge. It also instructs the Defense Department to provide or construct facilities to house the families.
A member of a migrant family from Mexico, fleeing from violence, looks on while waiting to enter the United States to meet officers of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to apply for asylum at Paso del Norte worldwide border crossing bridge in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico June 20, 2018.
Immigrant advocates across Southern California and the nation said the president's order has the effect of jailing families together while offering no plan on how those already separated will be reunited. One official said it was the Justice Department that generated the legal strategy that is codified in the working executive order, and disputed the notion that Homeland Security was involved in drawing up the document. However, the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy of prosecuting all illegal border crossings has caused an increased number of these separations.
Hundreds of immigrant parents like Morales are crossing into the USA without proper authorization unaware that the process to seek asylum now also includes temporary loss of their children.
Most adults who enter illegally through the busiest span of the border - the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas - are sentenced to time served.