Obama condemns Trump immigration policy

Former President Barack Obama speaks during a canvasing event for New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy Thursday Oct. 19 2017 in Newark N.J

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President Donald Trump ordered an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents on the United States border Wednesday, reversing a tough policy under heavy pressure from his fellow Republicans, Democrats and the global community.

That policy remains in place even as President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that aims to keep children with their detained parents.

Former President Barack Obama used the occasion of World Refugee Day on Wednesday to come out against the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families detained at the U.S. border. He said "we want to keep families together", the New York Times reported.

Trump emphasized that this order does not spell the end of his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which mandates the prosecution of anyone caught illegally crossing the border.

"The first lady has been making her opinion known to the president for some time now, which was that he needed to do all he could to help families stay together", an official said.

Trump had repeatedly defended his immigration crackdown, including forcibly separating migrant children from their parents after they crossed the border.

Trump's remarks came shortly after House Republican leaders vowed to bring broader immigration legislation up for votes on Thursday (Friday NZT) to address the crisis, despite widespread scepticism that a bill could pass.

"Beyond this one problem of immigration- you can mention the word "comprehensive" or you don't have to use it", Mr. Trump said.

"I will say, with all of the numbers that you see, if we weren't strong on the border you'd have hundreds of thousands of people pouring through the border", Trump continued.

One final point: Each and every child taken into USA custody must be accounted for and returned to his or her parent.

The order does not strip zero tolerance enforcement, meaning individuals who enter the country illegally or claim asylum outside of official ports of entry will still be charged and prosecuted.

"I am opposed to a procedure that separates parents and children", Le Pen said.

The president also accused illegal immigrants of endangering the lives of their children by sending them unaccompanied to the US.

Earlier, as countries marked World Refugee Day Wednesday, world leaders assailed Trump for the separations.

Immigrant advocates say the president's executive order is no solution, and will only create more trauma for children, as they will be placed in facilities that are unfit for minors.

"We have no reassurance that the families that have been ripped apart - that those kids are going to be reunited and that this Administration is taking responsibility for its actions", she said. Kamala Harris. "Indefinitely detaining children with their families in camps is inhumane and will not make us safe".

"This is a tragedy that children are being separated from their parents", he said. "If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law". "They really would like to have open borders where anybody in the world can just flow in, including from the Middle East, from anybody anywhere they can just flow into our country".

"The real fault is with the parents", added Berry, who doesn't object to keeping children with their parents.

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