House to vote on closely watched immigration bills

Posted June 23, 2018

First Lady Melania Trump's visit on Thursday to a Texas shelter housing migrant children separated from their parents was overshadowed by a jacket she wore with the words: "I really don't care, do u?" scrawled in white brush strokes on the back. In addition to ending family separations, the compromise addresses Trump's goals of boosting border security including funding for his wall, limiting so-called "chain migration", ending the visa lottery program and providing legal protections for so-called Dreamer immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.

Grisham previously said in a statement to CNN on Sunday, June 17, that Melania "hates to see children separated from their families" and "believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart".

Her visit comes as the Trump administration tries to spin the family separation crisis in their favor.

"It is still very early and we are awaiting further guidance on the matter", Brian Marriott, a spokesman for the Health and Human Services Department's Administration for Children and Families.

Trump's order, an unusual reversal by him, moves parents with children to the front of the line for immigration proceedings, but it does not end a 10-week-old "zero tolerance" policy that calls for prosecution of immigrants crossing the border illegally under the country's criminal entry statute.

Meanwhile, Ivanka Trump - the self-proclaimed advocate for women and children who was slammed for her silence until after her father signed the executive order - wrote on Twitter that the families needed to be reunited.

Mrs. Trump, whose focus as first lady is on child well-being, appears to have been among those pushing her husband to act.

There is "no way" the "catch and release" of deportable immigrants can stop under President Donald Trump's executive order to keep undocumented immigrant parents and children together, said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council.

But a spokeswoman for the US Department of Justice said the report was inaccurate. Three children who had been separated from their parents and housed at the facility have since been reunited.

During his press statements, Trump confessed he "didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated", but insisted "we are keeping a very powerful border, and it continues to be zero tolerance..."

"Transitioning from the cruel and inhumane policy of family separation to the cruel and inhumane policy of indefinite family detention can not be the solution here", read the statement by HIAS President Mark Hetfield.

"This was 100 percent her idea".

President Donald Trump has ended the policy of separating immigrant families on the US-Mexico border, reversing a tough policy under heavy pressure from his fellow Republicans, Democrats and the worldwide community.