Congress Wants to Fix Family Separation, But They Can't Agree On How

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed down and abandoned his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents on the U.S. -Mexico border, after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and overseas. Trump's order said the government would maintain a "zero tolerance" policy toward those who break the law, but the senior US 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. "She supports family reunification".

The White House has made a last-minute push to pass legislation amid the brewing border crisis prompted by the family separations that resulted on the US-Mexico border from Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

The first lady commented in a written statement Thursday after she returned from touring the Upbring New Hope Children's Center in McAllen, Texas.

United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday after an global outcry over his immigrant family separation policy at the southern border.

In fact, airlines operating in America, including United and Frontier airlines, have protested against the Trump administration's family separation policy by deciding not to fly the separated immigrant children at the border.

The first lady thanked the staff for their "heroic work" and asked them to reunite the children with their families as quickly as possible.

"We just have a tremendous passion for working with these children", said program director Roy De La Cerda.

Little more than an hour after the story was first posted, the outlet was forced to update its story, clarifying that the Trump administration was not actually suspending prosecutions for parents of migrant children, but rather instructing Border Patrol agents to stop sending parents with children to federal courthouses for prosecution.

"I was pleased the president took action yesterday to ensure families can remain together while we enforce our immigration laws", the Wisconsin Republican said at his weekly press conference. The official said many of reunited families were back together after a few days of separation.

Asked about it, her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "It's a jacket".

The first lady's visit to Upbring New Hope Children's Center on Thursday comes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating families.

Mrs. Trump, whose focus is on children, may have helped encourage her husband to act.

The administration also has called for a permanent legislative fix but congressional Republicans said the House was likely to reject two immigration bills created to halt the practice of splitting up families and address a range of other immigration issues.

Officials from the Defense Department and Health and Human Services said the Pentagon has agreed to provide space on military bases to hold up to 20,000 people detained after illegally crossing the Mexican border.

  • Joey Payne