Supporters of Pres. Trump steadfast despite immigration uproar

Border Patrol detains immigrant families crossing US-Mexico border

Border Patrol detains immigrant families crossing US-Mexico border

Liberal advocacy group Southern Poverty Law Center said Trump's order to reverse the policy of family separations doesn't go far enough.

Videos of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of wailing children have sparked anger in the United States from groups ranging from clergy to influential business leaders, as well as condemnation from overseas, including Pope Francis.

Trump then accused rival Democrats of putting "illegal immigrants before they put American citizens".

But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY signalled that no such support would be coming, saying it's already in Trump's power to keep the families together. Lara Trump, wife of the president's third oldest child, Eric, said Wednesday at a rally of 9,000 supporters in Duluth, Minnesota.

The action comes after Mr. Trump met with House Republicans working on immigration legislation and trade policies. "We're talking about many, many things, but it didn't feel exactly right to me".

"We need you, those children need you -and I am talking directly to my Republican colleagues- we need you to stand up to President Donald Trump", he said.

Earlier, a defiant Trump sounded unfazed by the mounting pressure to alleviate the situation before it ruptures into a public relations disaster for his party. Instinctively combative and fond of chaos, Trump usually digs in on controversial policies, rather than backing down.

Both Republican bills in the House, which Democrats and immigration advocacy groups have blasted, would fund Trump's border wall and reduce legal migration, in part by denying visas for some relatives of US residents and citizens who are living overseas, sometimes referred to as "chain migration".

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The compromise bill also ends two chain migration categories, shuffles some of the visas to the employment-based category. And he told GOP lawmakers in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday that the president was "excited" about his efforts.

Trump's family apparently played a role in his turnaround.

But a 1997 landmark settlement known as the Flores agreement that generally bars the government from keeping children in immigration detention for more than 20 days remains in place. It also calls for prioritising immigration cases involving detained families. Neither, though, did it require parents to be kept in detention, apart from their children. "His new executive order criminalizes asylum-seekers and seeks to indefinitely detain their children".

"She has become even more vocal about her thoughts and opinions on the topic", a White House official said Wednesday. While a Department of Health and Human Services official initially stated that the department is not to apply the executive order to children now in HHS custody, a statement released later Wednesday said that HHS that it is "awaiting guidance on the matter".

Obama has been the one of the primary targets of blame from Republicans for the crisis that exploded last week after it was announced about 2,000 children had been separated from adults as part of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

Before Sessions ordered the prosecution of anyone apprehended after illegally crossing the border, it was commonplace for Border Patrol to issue families notices to appear in court and release them into the interior of the U.S.

It also directs the Department of Defense to take steps to house detained immigrant families as needed.

"So we will be officially postponing the congressional picnic for tomorrow".

During his remarks Wednesday morning, Trump again called on Congress to pass legislation to address the issue of family separations, which was created by his administration's policy. "He's not a monster as he's being framed by the media and by the left", said Trandem, who was a delegate at the 2016 Republican convention where Trump clinched the nomination for president.