Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Donald Trump Just Told Republicans To Back Off Immigration Reform - For Now

Donald Trump Just Told Republicans To Back Off Immigration Reform - For Now

As Republicans in Congress struggled to reach consensus on immigration legislation, the White House has grappled with fierce criticism in recent weeks over the policy that has separated more than 2,300 children from their families.

"We support the administration's efforts to enforce our immigration laws, but we can not support implementation of a policy that results in the categorical forced separation of minor children from their parents", said a letter written by 13 Republican senators, including Colorado's Cory Gardner, a Republican from Yuma, that was addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and released June 19. "He changes so frequently that anybody who depends on that, I think, is in trouble", he said.

Despite that success, the administration chose to end this program only a few months after it was first reported that Kelly, then-Secretary of Homeland Security, was considering family separation as a deterrent strategy. In a tweet, the president raised questions about whether the migrants' hardships really existed.

After touring a border processing facility on Saturday, Democratic lawmakers said they weren't convinced the Trump administration had any real plan to reunite immigrant children separated from their parents by USA border authorities.

"We can not allow our country to be overrun by illegal immigrants", the president tweeted. In fact, during the surge of unaccompanied minors and families fleeing violence in Central America, the Obama administration detained entire families to try to deter others from making the unsafe trip from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, where violent gangs have terrorized neighborhoods. Ryan added that if the House ever comes back around to immigration reform, he believes "the seeds for a solution" will still revolve around the president's four pillars of immigration reform - securing the border, solving DACA, ending chain migration, and reforming the visa lottery system.

He blasted media coverage of the images of children separated from their parents at the southern border. Republicans and Trump have raised expectations that, in control of Congress and the White House, they can fix the nation's long-standing immigration problems.

Even before votes began, Trump complicated GOP efforts to round up votes.

"We don't see going back to where we came from as an option", Jose Abel Mendez, 28, who traveled from El Salvador with his wife and children, aged 10 months, six and 10, told AFP in the border city of Tijuana. You never hear this side.

Per usual Donald Trump style, the president revealed what he wanted the Republicans to do next in a Twitter post. On Monday he vowed: "The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility".

The Mendezes have been waiting two weeks for U.S. officials to let them formally request asylum.

Trump held similar events during his 2016 presidential campaign.

On Wednesday, Trump reversed himself and took executive action aimed at curbing the separation of families. Trump said that one of the victims looked like the actor Tom Selleck. "Your loved ones have not died in vain", he told the angel families.

"Your loss will not have been in vain", Trump said.

In the past week, the administration has made several misleading statements, trying to justify the systematic separation of children from their parents.

But even after the president's order, confusion remained as to what would happen to the already separated families and how exactly families crossing the border illegally would be treated moving forward.

But his assertion has been contradicted by a number of studies, including one by the Cato Institute and another in the journal Criminology that found that places with higher percentages of undocumented immigrants do not have higher rates of crime.

Outside the federal courthouse in McAllen, immigration attorney Efren Olivares said 67 people were charged Friday morning with illegal entry, but none were parents with children.

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