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Sen. Kamala Harris Calls For DHS Secretary Nielsen to Resign

In May, the Trump administration announced all adults attempting to enter the country illegally would be prosecuted.

"Children and families belong in communities, not in family concentration camps", said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

While a Department of Health and Human Services official initially stated that the department is not to apply the executive order to children now in HHS custody, a statement released later Wednesday said that HHS that it is "awaiting guidance on the matter".

The order says the administration's policy is to now "maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together".

Some, like MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, blasted the Trump administration for its conduct, but in her response on Monday, Nielsen suggested that not everyone who appeared as a family unit was, in fact, one.

What court orders is he talking about?

May said she she "unequivocally" believed what the USA administration was doing on its border was "wrong". None of them were accompanied by minors or family members. The settlement was later modified to say that children should not be held longer than 20 days.

Trump emphasized that this order does not spell the end of his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which mandates the prosecution of anyone caught illegally crossing the border. More than 2,300 minors were taken from their parents between early May and early June, according to statistics from the Department of Homeland Security.

In most cases, that window is not enough time for those families to go before an immigration judge, so ICE has typically released families together with some form of electronic monitoring.

So, does the new executive order stop all this?

Trump contends that this policy has led to thousands of risky immigrants from Central America roaming around our country.

"We will be going through Congress".

Trump, who describes immigrants in terms we use for insects and vermin (they "pour into and infest our Country", he tweeted), has over and over again made clear his own xenophobic and racist beliefs about them. But as The Washington Post reports, few people are predicting either House measure will pass. "We are going to have very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together", he said. The Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, believes Trump's order does nothing but "replace one form of child abuse with another ..."

He said he was looking into whether the court could block deportations of parents until they have been reunited with their children, and whether it could force the Trump administration to reunite those separated.

Sixty-five-year-old Richard Klabechek of Oak Grove, Minnesota, who attended the president's rally Wednesday evening in Duluth, Minnesota, said he was unmoved by the audio of crying children, saying it was "the media playing the heartstrings of the public".

Yes. Trump and many of his top officials insisted for days that the president lacked the ability to unilaterally end family separations at the border, instead arguing that congressional action was necessary.

Immigrant advocates who have been calling for an end to the forced separation of children from their parents are gearing for additional battles.

He continued to blame the Democrats for the policy, having previously said it is "their law" that causes separation at the border.

Some on the right are equally dismayed.

Signing an executive order to reverse his own administration's practice would also be unnecessary since nearly everyone in Washington, apart from the President, agrees that he already has the power to end the separations any time he wants.

"This will solve that problem". She had come to the United States from El Salvador, and immigration authorities detained her with adults and subjected her to daily strip searches. Last month, the president spelled his wife Melania's name as "Melanie".

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