Confusion swirls on border after Trump reversal on families

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"Elect more Republicans in November and we will pass the finest, fairest and most comprehensive Immigration Bills anywhere in the world", Trump said on Twitter.

"None of our kids had a minute to say goodbye - we weren't lucky enough to be separated for five days or 10 days". Her son, Abel Alexander, is in the government's custody at a children's home in Kingston, New York. The Justice Department also went to court in an attempt to overturn a decades-old settlement that limits to 20 days the amount of time migrant children can be locked up with their families. He met with parents who had children killed by immigrants in the country illegally to make the point that they are the real victims of weak borders.

The Trump administration previously had not said whether any of the more 2,300 children separated from their families had been reunited. And then when they commit crimes, we're so surprised.

They are trying to persuade a conservative bloc to approve bill that includes $25bn for Trump's border wall - a campaign promise which he has insisted Mexico will pay for - and a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, known as Dreamers.

Durbin criticized the executive order President Donald Trump issued Wednesday that ended family separations during border apprehensions for not providing resources or guidelines to help immigrant parents relocate their children after their families have been torn apart.

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Trump emphasized that for these families, separation is permanent.

One group representing 300 families said it had so far managed to locate only two children.

Trump's comments, in a morning tweet, came after Republican House leaders abruptly postponed a vote Thursday on a broad immigration bill meant to unite GOP moderates and conservatives, acknowledging they lack the votes to pass the measure despite the growing uproar over separating migrant families at the border.

A number of Democrats aggressively pushed back against Trump's claims.

Amid an outcry over his migrant separation policy, Trump traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to pass either of two rival bills that sought to defuse the crisis as well as the uncertain status of young undocumented immigrants at risk for deportation because of his cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Merida-Galicia, who is being held in California, is just one of many incarcerated immigrant mothers whose attorneys tell similar stories about chaotic situations in which the mothers don't know where their children have been taken or how to contact them. "You don't know what's going on", Trump said.

Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan gives a thumbs-up as he and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen listen during an immigration event hosted by President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, June 22, 2018. Nielsen acknowledged the Trump administration implemented a new policy of separating children and re-classifying them as "unaccompanied" when federal agents refer the parents for criminal prosecution. We can not allow our Country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phony stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections.

Mr Trump said that even if a measure passed, it was doomed in the Senate.

Trump has shown consistent inconsistency on the proposal.

At the Mexican border there was also confusion over whether parents crossing with children would continue to be prosecuted.

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