Protesters Gather To Taunt Homeland Security Secretary As She Eats Mexican Food

Edited by Adam Vieyra  Mother Jones

Edited by Adam Vieyra Mother Jones

On Tuesday, Trump met with congressional Republicans, urging them to pass a border security bill that would amend the current laws, which the Department of Homeland Security says require them to house minors in separate facilities from their parents who are being charged with crossing the border illegally.

Under previous USA administrations, undocumented immigrants caught crossing the border for the first time tended to be issued with court summonses.

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally, which has sparked outrage in the United States and overseas.

At the moment, thousands of migrant children are being held in various federal government facilities, including a "tent city" in stifling heat located in Tornillo, Texas not far from the US-Mexico border.

"Secretary Nielsen did a fabulous job yesterday at the press conference explaining security at the border and for our country, while at the same time recommending changes to obsolete & nasty laws, which force family separation", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Some of the sharpest words against the policy have come from America's oldest allies in Europe.

Leaders in both the House and Senate are struggling to shield the party's politicians from the public outcry over images of children taken from migrant parents and held in cages at the border. This is wrong. This is not something that we agree with.

Representative Mark Meadows said Mr Trump told them they needed to get something done on immigration "right away".

"We know that very young children who are exposed to this type of trauma go on to not develop their speech, not develop their language, not develop their gross and fine motor skills and wind up with developmental delays", Kraft said. Ryan has stated he does not support separation of families. "Obviously, this is not the way we do things in Canada".

The Republican legislation would also provide $25bn (£19bn) in funding for border security, including Mr Trump's planned US-Mexico wall. "Clearly, we don't share certain values".

"Whether our families crossed the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we're only here because this country welcomed them in..." he said.

Peter Schey, class-appointed counsel in the Flores case, said Wednesday there was nothing in the agreement that prevents Homeland Security officials from detaining children with their parents, "as long as the conditions of detention are humane and the child remains eligible for release, unless the child is a flight risk, or a danger to herself or others, or the child's parent does not wish the child to be released".

But the network later reported that Trump could also take executive action.

Mexico took the rare step of filing complaints with the United Nations and the Organization of American States's Inter-American Human Rights System.

While Attorney General Jeff Sessions was not at the meeting at the White House Wednesday morning, his chief of staff has been there to represent the Justice Department, the source added. "Or, prosecute them and then under court cases and the law, they have to be separated from their children".

Margaret McLaughlin, a member of the activist group, said in a statement that "while Secretary Nielsen's dinner may have been ruined, it is nothing compared to the horrors she has inflicted on innocent families".