Judge: Separated families must be reunited within 30 days

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Amid an global outcry, President Donald Trump last week issued an executive order to stop the separation of families and said parents and children will instead be detained together. The bill heading to the floor Wednesday includes language that would lift the 20-day cap on the detaining of minors, which would theoretically allow the government to detain children with their parents for longer periods of time. Sabraw, an appointee of President George W. Bush, also issued a nationwide injunction on future family separations, unless the parent is deemed unfit or doesn't want to be with the child.

Twenty-five protesters were taken into custody Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles in the US state of California for denouncing Washington's immigration policy and separation practices.

During his speech, Sessions bristled at critics of the administration, which has stoked outrage for separating children from undocumented immigrant parents at the border, and he cast opponents widely as "open borders advocates" who complain "no matter what we do".

The first lady's husband, President Donald Trump, has made an about-face to end the practice of separating migrant families that had led to shocking scenes of children crying out for their parents while held in caged enclosures and given only emergency blankets in the frigid spaces. It found fresh attention soon after Trump took office, resurrected under a president who once called Mexicans "rapists" and now warns that migrants will "infest" the United States.

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Though the government has said it reunited more than 500 children with their families already, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Congress on Tuesday that 2,047 children were still being held in the agency's custody.

Amid an worldwide outcry, Trump last week issued an executive order to stop the separation of families and said parents and children will instead be detained together.

They accuse the administration of denying the parents and children due process; denying the immigrants, many of whom are fleeing gang violence in Central America, their right to seek asylum; and being arbitrary in applying the policy. That's why the American people are sick of the lip service and the hypocrisy.

In a May appearance in San Diego, Sessions announced the new zero-tolerance policy, which relied on family separation to make visible the negative consequences of illegal entry.

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"The U.S. government never had any plan to reunite these families that were separated", Sandoval-Moshenberg said, and now it is "scrambling to undo this awful thing that they have done".

"The rhetoric we hear from the other side on this issue, as on many others, has become radicalized", Sessions said. "Congress is threatening action", he wrote.

Twenty-five immigration activists have been arrested for protesting outside a federal courthouse in Los Angeles during a visit by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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