Obama condemns Trump immigration policy

Former President Barack Obama speaks during a canvasing event for New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy Thursday Oct. 19 2017 in Newark N.J

Former President Barack Obama speaks during a canvasing event for New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy Thursday Oct. 19 2017 in Newark N.J

U.S. President Donald Trump, with Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen & Vice President Mike Pence, displays an executive order he signed that will end the practice of separating family members.

TRUMP: "We're keeping families together, and this will solve that problem".

It comes amid widespread condemnation of President Trump's zero-tolerance policy on migrants at the USA southern border after emotive footage showed deeply distressed children crying for their families.

The order is titled "Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation". But ambassador Woody Johnson said: "He has to see the head of state".

The inaction sparked worldwide outrage, including criticism from Pope Francis and opposition from world leaders.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on two bills created to end family separations formally and deal with other immigration issues.

"We will be going through Congress".

Anger and protests flared across America over children being held in cages and tots crying for their parents.

That's the reality for so numerous families whose plights we see and heart-rending cries we hear.

The lawsuit - believed to be the first to challenge the administration's policy to criminally prosecute all adults suspected of illegally crossing the U.S-Mexico border - adds to the legal woes facing the Trump administration over its immigration policies. Many families have already been separated.

The policy has seen every illegal border-jumper criminally prosecuted and nearly 2,000 children separated from their parents in the last two months, as the parents await trial. It keeps families together while they are in custody, expedites their cases, and asks the Department of Defense to help house them.

Family immigration detention centers in the US could be at capacity within days, NBC News reported Wednesday.

As of mid-June, the three centres were almost full, meaning ICE would potentially need to place children in its much larger network of immigration jails for adults.

Trump said that he would sign the executive order before he left for Minnesota later today. "The government has been faced with the choice of either splitting the family by detaining the parent and releasing the kid, or just letting the parent go too". The settlement was later modified to say that children should not be held longer than 20 days. It also calls for prioritising immigration cases involving detained families.

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.

The president's daughter offered thanks to Trump on Twitter after he signed the executive order.

"We have compassion, we want to keep families together", Trump said.

He would be taking "pre-emptive" action as the White House and lawmakers scramble to deal with fallout over the adminstration's "zero-tolerance" policy.

The Trump administration blames previous administrations for lax border laws that entice immigrants to come to the United States, and also for a 2008 law that allows children to be taken into custody by HHS.

In response, Homeland Security began stepping up referrals in early May, which effectively put the policy into action.

"Now, we're going to keep them together".

What does the executive order say? Sessions said the administration supports both the conservative and the compromise bill. "Obviously, this is not the way we do things in Canada".

House leaders have been considering two competing bills.

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