In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation

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North Coast Senator denounces immigration policy separating children from families

"We are going to see what happens", Mr. Trump said.

"We have to get the Democrats to go ahead and work with us because as a result of Democrat-supported loopholes in our federal laws, most illegal immigrant families and minors from Central America who arrive unlawfully at the border can not be detained together or removed together - only released", he said.

"We must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally", Trump said in a tweet.

UPDATE 12:18 p.m. EST: Per Bloomberg, the president will be signing an Executive Order today, and Congress will vote on a bill tomorrow. The president's party, the Republicans, control both chambers in Congress. "Go for it! WIN!"

There has been an increase in the number of migrant children being separated from their parents as a effect of the new "zero tolerance" policy for illegal border crossings, according to The Associated Press.

Hastings said the policy isn't new, but officials had not previously acknowledged any flexibility under President Donald Trump's procedure for handling immigrant families, called "zero tolerance". "Congress has failed to pass effective legislation that serves the national interest-that closes unsafe loopholes and fully funds a wall along our southern border", Sessions said at the time.

US officials say more than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents or guardians since early May, when the administration announced its push to arrest and charge anyone illegally crossing the US-Mexico border, regardless of whether they were seeking asylum.

"These are crippling loopholes that cause family separation, which we don't want", Trump said.

May said Wednesday that images of children in cages were "deeply disturbing".

But Nielsen claims there is no policy of separating migrant families at the border, and the media is "misreporting" the facts.

"So we're going to have strong, very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together", the president said.

Homeland Security is not required to keep a family together, under the order, if it's believed the parent poses a risk to the child's welfare. Children would only be separated from their parents if their safety is at risk. "Clearly the president is hearing the uproar from our communities", said Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif. They want open borders, which breeds awful crime.

The action, according to people familiar with it, wouldn't end the zero tolerance policy, but would aim to keep families together while they are in custody and ask the Department of Defense to help house the detained families.

There are questions now about what Homeland Security will do with the families that cross over, and also how the government will reunite children with families.

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