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Trump stands firm on immigration policy, sees it as a victor

20 Juin 2018

It was not immediately clear what the president would be signing.

The furor around the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy increased as Democrats - including Mayor Martin J. Walsh - continued to blast the president for separating migrant families at the border, while Republicans scrambled to come up with a plan that would keep children with their parents.

Illegal entry to the US has always been a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison, but previous administrations generally chose not to prosecute adults who crossed illegally with children and instead referred them to immigration courts.

In a meeting with Republican senators Monday, Trump threatened to shut down the government in late September, as a new fiscal year starts October 1, if Congress does not approve $25 billion in funding for a wall along the Mexican border to thwart further illegal migration into the U.S. So far, Congress has approved little funding for the barrier, keeping Trump from meeting one of his signature vows of the 2016 presidential campaign. The problem with that statement is that all illegal border crossers are now considered criminals, a big change in immigration policy. Detention under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy is mandatory, without the possibility of being released on bond. "This becomes a backup proposal", Meadows told reporters at the White House. The A-G said Christians must "obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the objective of order", a statement that horrified U.S. commentators. "What's happening is so sad - is so sad", he said.

House Republicans, meanwhile, proposed a solution that would allow illegal immigrants charged with misdemeanors to wait in immigration facilities rather than jails.

A growing chorus of critics - including some Republicans - have noted that the Trump administration implemented the policy unilaterally and could rescind it with the stroke of a pen. In an impromptu interview with Fox News on Friday, he temporarily torpedoed a Republican immigration compromise when he casually dismissed it as too moderate. "They're not MS-13." But he upset many in the Latino community when he said, "they're also not people that would easily assimilate into the United States, into our modern society". "Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border".

Earlier on Wednesday, Republican congressional leader Paul Ryan said the House of Representatives will vote on Thursday "on legislation to keep families together". "There are these numbers - numbers that sound scary but really aren't was bad as they sound - and talk about "Donald J. Trump said this" and that and so on and so forth". Facts versus government lies Trump continues to pass on FALSE facts when talking about his immigration policy, blaming Democrats and citing a "horrible law" that separates families.

He did not immediately provide details of the bill, but said that it resolves the issue of so-called Dreamers, undocumented adult migrants who were brought to the USA as children, "in a very elegant way".

The Obama administration did, however, detain families together- some indefinitely - in hopes of deterring future migrants back in 2014, earning protests and public outrage at the time. However, data show that the vast majority of families who are apprehended and bond out of custody subsequently appear at their removal hearings.

That makes the policy an even trickier issue for Republican lawmakers than DACA.

FOOTNOTES: The American Business Immigration Coalition, has been pushing the Illinois House GOP members to work on Dreamer measures and other immigration legislation for years. "One of the things I could not do is separate a child from his or her mother, or literally pull a mother from his or her arms", Johnson said on MSNBC last week.

Trump stands firm on immigration policy, sees it as a victor