Trump's migrant policy: First blowback, then about-face

Trump's migrant policy: First blowback, then about-face

Trump's migrant policy: First blowback, then about-face

First lady Melania Trump, in private conversations with the president, urged him to do something, a White House official said.

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Border Patrol will no longer refer migrant parents who cross into the United States illegally with children to federal courthouses to face criminal charges, a senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection official told The Washington Post on Thursday.

United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday after an global outcry over his immigrant family separation policy at the southern border. Trump told House Republicans on Tuesday night he would support either of the immigration bills under consideration but did not give a preference. "You need some deterrent so they don't think that anyone who wants to come across the border, as long as they have children, can do so".

Melania Trump has gone on a damage-control mission near the Texas border with Mexico, visiting children displaced by the country's immigration crisis and showing a softer side than the hardline policies of her husband, US President Donald Trump.

However, some critics say the executive order isn't enough.

On Wednesday, President Trump did something no politician likes to do: He at least tacitly admitted he was wrong and made a dramatic retreat.

Republicans in both the House and Senate have also introduced standalone legislation that would keep detained families together while they await legal proceedings.

The Republican-controlled House earlier on Thursday defeated another, more conservative immigration bill created to significantly reduce visas for legal immigration to the United States and to temporarily protect from deportation young "Dreamers" brought to the country illegally as children.

It was unclear whether that meant the Trump administration was dropping its months-old "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting all adults caught trying to enter the country illegally.

Mrs. Trump went further, saying she "hates" to see families separated at the border. Melania Trump touched down in McAllen, Texas, on Thursday, June 21, in an unannounced trip to the border area to meet with immigrant children who have been separated from their families. Previously the President had insisted Congress needed to act to stop the practice, but then reversed that claim.

"We hope the swift political will and the coming together of all parties extends to reuniting families and supporting the children who have already been impacted".

Trump maintained in signing his executive order Wednesday that the "zero tolerance" policy would continue.

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