President Trump says he’ll be ‘signing something’ on detained children

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President Trump Wednesday afternoon signed an executive order ending family separation at the U.S. -Mexico border.

The White House may run into legal difficulties if the executive order requires families to be held intact together indefinitely since a federal consent decree known as the Flores settlement says children must be released after 20 days.

Senate Republicans on Tuesday moved to end a political crisis inflicted on the party by President Trump by voicing support for an immigration bill that would end the separation of children from their parents and guardians at the border.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is drafting the executive action that would direct the Department of Homeland Security to detain families together after crossing the border without authorization, the Associated Press reports.

"The message was that even though the president was a little unclear perhaps in his chat, he was very much in favor of the [compromise] bill", Rep. Fred Upton (R., Mich.) said in describing the pitch early Wednesday from House Republican leaders.

The measure would also offer protections to another vulnerable group - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients - who are undocumented immigrants brought to the USA as children.

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This meeting marks Mr. Trump's second meeting with Congress this week, following his meeting with House GOP members Tuesday, in the midst of a backlash over the separation of immigrant children from their parents who enter the country illegally through the southern border.

"Additional funding is also going to be made available so that DHS has sufficient resources to house and care for families during this entire process", he said. They want open borders, which breeds frightful crime.

He said he was looking into whether the court could block deportation of parents until they have been reunited with their children, and whether it could force the Trump administration to reunite those separated.

"And if you're strong, then you don't have any heart".

Obama's post concluded by saying that "we have to do more than say "this isn't who we are".

Cecilia Muñoz, Obama's top domestic policy adviser, said his administration did consider a similar policy, but decided not to go through with it.

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In an interview with Reuters news agency, Pope Francis said he supported recent statements by US Catholic bishops who called the policy "contrary to our Catholic values" and "immoral".

He also said many children come to the centers with health issues.

"[We] have to do more than say 'this isn't who we are.'" he wrote. "This is not something that happened just now", he said.

The focus has shifted to a new plan to keep children in detention longer than now permitted, but with their parents. We can enforce our immigration laws without breaking families apart.

"The dilemma is that if you're weak, if you're weak, which some people would like you to be, if you're really, really pathetically weak, the country's going to be overrun with millions of people", Trump said. No details were immediately provided on the Dreamer aspect of the bill.

The action, according to people familiar with it, wouldn't end the zero tolerance policy, but would aim to keep families together while they are in custody and ask the Department of Defense to help house the detained families.

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The White House has previously come under fire from Democrats for using the children as a "bargaining chip" in negotiations over immigration.

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