Immigrant children separated from families won't be reunited right away, administration says

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She also said the groups want Walmart to denounce the Trump administration's policy and for its CEO to encourage President Donald Trump to rescind it immediately, something Trump said Wednesday he will do.

The US President is facing intense criticism after it emerged that young children are being held in former warehouses after their parents were detained as illegal immigrants.

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 optics of what's happening here directly at the border isn't something that he wants to have on his watch, but at the end of the day, he still wants to focus the attention of Congress on the fundamental need for immigration reform in the United States and I think he's gonna hold firm on that", said Pappas, 53.

Top Democratic leader Congressman Joe Crowley said while this order stops the separation of children from their parents, it does not end the administration's despicable policy of unreasonably detaining asylum seekers and families fleeing violence.

Based on Homeland Security policy and what CBS News has seen in person, claims that all kids are being separated from their parents at the border is false.

Gene Hamilton, an aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, told reporters in a call explaining the order that the Flores settlement put the administration in "an untenable" position.

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Also playing a role in his turnaround: First lady Melania Trump.

Nielsen traveled to Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon to brief lawmakers.

Trump and others in the White House have made similar spelling errors in the past.

Republicans had been working on two separate bills in the House of Representatives to address the issue, but as of early Wednesday they appeared to lack the votes necessary to pass the bills.

They don't care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like (criminal gang) MS-13.

As children can not legally be jailed with their parents, they are kept in separate facilities.

Under that policy, the administration has sought to prosecute as many border-crossing offenses as possible, including those involving families with children. She was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home.

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But others pushed back on the idea that Homeland Security had led the rollback. Here's what we know about the current immigration policy and what the new executive order will change. "We have zero tolerance for people who enter our country illegally", he said.

Asked about the issue Wednesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he would "respond, if requested", adding, "We have housed refugees".

The "Flores agreement", a 1997 federal court case, limited how long the government could keep children in immigration detention.

What does this mean for children already separated?

"The U.S. authorities create different files for the children than for the parents, and it's very hard to follow up on those cases", Torres said. Other recent rulings, upheld on appeal, affirm the children's rights to a bond hearing and require better conditions at the Border Patrol's short-term holding facilities.

Reyna Torres Mendivil, Mexico's consul general in San Antonio, told NPR's Audie Cornish that the process would be hampered by the US separation process, which keeps parents in ICE custody while moving children into facilities controlled by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The agency's network of immigration jails for single adults is much larger, because ICE leases detention facilities and vacant cells from states and counties across the country.

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Striking down the ruling became a goal of immigration hard-liners, particularly after a 2016 ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals limiting the government's ability to keep children in detention for more than 20 days.