President Trump signs executive order to keep families together; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports from Washington. She had come to the United States from El Salvador, and immigration authorities detained her with adults and subjected her to daily strip searches.
In an outpouring of concern prompted by images and audio of children crying for their parents, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide continue to donate to nonprofit organizations to help families being separated at the U.S. -Mexico border.
"This could lead to family internment camps, Wolf", Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Trump and his allies argue that some immigrants released did not show up for court cases. It is immoral to lock up children for an undetermined amount of time while families wait through a drawn-out legal process.
On Wednesday afternoon, congressional Democrats gathered on the Capitol steps to protest the practice of child separation.
"We are keeping families together and this will solve that problem.at the time we are keeping a very powerful border and it continues to be a zero tolerance, we have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally", Mr. Trump said.
Posting on Twitter today, he once more attacked the Democrat Party. "Bill O'Reilly said this is very bad". Also, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and the heads of other agencies are ordered to find or construct facilities to house the detained families.
The departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services did not immediately respond to HuffPost's requests for clarification on Wednesday.
However, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in February claiming asylum seeking families are being separated.
"Are they going ask for permission or seek forgiveness?" he said. "If they're going to go to the court first, they're asking for permission".
"It may be easier to overturn the Flores Settlement than get Congress to pass something", said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington think tank whose restrictionist views on immigration policy have won broad influence in the White House.
That means without further action from Congress or the courts, the Trump administration could be forced to again separate the immigrant children from their parents in three weeks. "We reject this false choice".
Though the House is supposed to vote on immigration Thursday, a conservative leader within the GOP conference says the bill "is not ready for primetime".
The money collected from more than 300,000 people in the United States and around the world will be given to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, a Texas nonprofit that that offers free and low-priced legal services to immigrants.
Anastasia Tonello, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association said the detention of families - parents and children - who pose no flight risk or danger to the community is simply "unacceptable, abrogates global responsibilities to refugees, and goes against our country's most fundamental values".