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    The God-Emperor Says, "Yes, we want no more niggers, no niggers from Shitholeistan non-jew Ass Oy Vey"


    In an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on Thursday, President Donald Trump described Haiti and African nations as “shithole” countries in slamming the idea of restoring protections for immigrants from those regions.

    “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” the president said, sources told The Washington Post. The remarks were later confirmed by NBC News, BuzzFeed and CNN.

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    Trump then said the U.S. “should have more people from places like Norway,” sources told NBC News.

    White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah responded in a statement to CBS Newson Thursday afternoon, saying, “Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people.”

    The president “will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better life in the United States through a legal pathway,” Raj added.

    The statement did not directly address the reported “shithole” remark.

    Trump is currently negotiating with congressional lawmakers over how to help so-called Dreamers, young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. The president put many of them at risk of losing their protection from deportation when he ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. In exchange for helping Dreamers now, Trump wants various border security measures ― including his wall ― and restrictions on legal immigration that would largely affect people of color.

    During the negotiations, some lawmakers have proposed granting visas to individuals from Haiti, El Salvador and multiple African nations who are in the U.S. on temporary protected status. The Trump administration has already terminated that status for people from Haiti, El Salvador and Nicaragua, which means more than 200,000 people currently living in the U.S. have a matter of months to either leave or face deportation.

    Trump reportedly scoffed at “shithole countries” in response to that proposal.

    Democratic lawmakers including Reps. Barbara Lee (Calif.), Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.), Jim McGovern (Mass.) and Karen Bass (Calif.) swiftly condemned Trump’s “racist attitudes” on Twitter.

    “Donald Trump is a cowardly racist who has no business being President of the United States,” Coleman tweeted. “Shame on him and those who don’t hold him accountable.”

    Elisa Massimino, president and CEO of Human Rights First, called the president’s reported remark “disgusting and disgraceful.”

    “That the President of the United States would talk this way about people who are fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries is shameful,” she said in a statement. “Congress must not give in to this hateful, racist, and divisive narrative coming out of the White House. America is counting on you to defend human dignity by standing firm for our commitment to protect the persecuted.”

    This wouldn’t be the president’s first racially charged remark. He spent years furthering the conspiracy theory that Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president, was not born in the U.S. He launched his presidential campaign with a speech that accused Mexico of sending rapists and criminals across the border and proposed banning all Muslims from entering the country before settling for barring individuals from certain Muslim-majority nations. He has repeatedly referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as “Pocahontas,” including at an event to honor Native Americans who served in World War II.

    Trump previously said in private meetings that Haitians “all have AIDS” and that people from Africa would never “go back to their huts” once they had seen the U.S., The New York Times reported in December. The White House has denied that he made either of those comments.

    Jack Davidson, executive director of the American Haitian Foundation, said Trump’s latest comment was “ignorant [and] racist with a complete disregard for the human dignity of the Haitian people.”

    “[Haiti] has been struggling with its democracy and extreme poverty for many years,” Davidson told HuffPost. “The people of the country of Haiti are hardworking but many have given up hope. I am embarrassed that he is the president of the United States.”

    The president has criticized black athletes for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality, calling for NFL owners to “get that son of a bitch off the field.”

    He has been reticent at times to criticize white nationalists who support him. In August, the president said there were “very fine people” participating in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counter-protester was killed.

    Trump is demanding an end to the diversity visa lottery, which grants up to 50,000 green cards to people from countries that send comparatively few immigrants to the U.S., many of them in Africa. Those individuals are chosen by the U.S. and then vetted, and there is no indication that they pose a greater threat than other immigrants or native-born citizens. But Trump has nonetheless made the baseless claim that through the visa lottery, foreign governments “give us their worst people … really the worst of the worst.”

    The president also wants to limit what he and many proponents of slashing legal immigration call “chain migration,” the process by which Americans and legal permanent residents can sponsor certain family members for green cards. That, too, could largely affect people of color, because recent immigrants are more likely to come from Asian or Latin American countries.

    For Trump’s own Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, however, his business has reportedly requested hundreds of visas to bring in foreign workers, including from Haiti.

    This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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    Democrats ‘all talk and no action’ on fixing DACA, Trump says

    By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times - Saturday, January 13, 2018


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    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump on Saturday blamed Democrats for blowing up the deal to protect “Dreamers” from deportation.

    “The Democrats are all talk and no action. They are doing nothing to fix DACA. Great opportunity missed. Too bad!” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.

    Mr. Trump and congressional negotiators are looking for a permanent fix to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, that granted temporary deportation amnesty to illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

    “I don’t believe the Democrats really want to see a deal on DACA. They are all talk and no action. This is the time but, day by day, they are blowing the one great opportunity they have. Too bad!” Mr. Trump tweeted.

    The president has demanded extra border security, including funding for a wall, as well as an end to family-based chain migration and the visa lottery program.

    The deal hit a snag after reports Thursday that Mr. Trump told lawmakers at a meeting on immigration at the that the U.S. didn’t need more immigrants from “sh—hole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador and several African countries.

    he report, which Mr. Trump denied, set off an onslaught of accusations that the president was a racist.

    Among those present at the meeting were Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois Democrat, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who presented a compromise that included using the 50,000 visas from the current lottery to extend protection to illegal immigrants from countries such as Haiti and El Salvador.

    Mr. Trump ended temporary protected status for 250,000 Salvadorans this week.


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    Trump asks Supreme Court to overturn DACA program

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 16, 2018


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    The Justice Department said Tuesday it will appeal directly to the Supreme Court to approve President Trump’s decision to phase out the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deportation amnesty, hoping to cut corners and get the justices to quickly overturn a lower court’s ruling.

    The rare move puts the justices on the spot, at a time when the fate of Dreamers is being heatedly debated in the Capitol, just across the street from the Supreme Court.

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup threw a curveball at negotiators last week when he issued a series of rulings. He said then-candidate Donald Trump showed “racial animus” toward Mexicans during the 2016 campaign, and he said because most DACA recipients are Mexican, that tainted the Homeland Security Department’s decision last year to phase out the deportation amnesty.

    Judge Alsup, who was appointed to the bench by President Clinton, also became the first judge to rule the 2012 DACA program itself legal.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that Judge Alsup’s ruling “defies both law and common sense.”

    “We are now taking the rare step of requesting direct review on the merits of this injunction by the Supreme Court so that this issue may be resolved quickly and fairly for all the parties involved,” he said in a statement announcing the speedy appeal.

    Analysts said that such direct appeals, known in court-speak as “certiorari before judgment,” are rarely granted, but when they are, it’s usually in response to this type of Justice Department request.

    Immigrant-rights group United We Dream, which advocates for some 690,000 illegal immigrant “Dreamers” protected by the DACA program, derided Mr. Sessions’ move as racist.

    The American Civil Liberties Union called the direct appeal “the latest in a disturbing pattern of hostile actions directed at young immigrants across America.”

    The DACA program has gotten twisted out of all recognition in recent months after the Trump administration announced last September it thought the program as established in 2012 was illegal, and began a six-month phase-out.

    Judge Alsup said the Trump administration was wrong and DACA, established by executive action, was legal. But he said the Trump administration’s executive action to cancel it was illegal.

    Critics have blasted the judge’s ruling as a muddle. On the one hand he used Mr. Trump’s campaign statements to rule the president had racial animus toward Mexicans, and since most DACA recipients are Mexican the phaseout was illegal — even though the phaseout was done by Homeland Security, not Mr. Trump.

    At the same time, Judge Alsup ignored President Obama’s own repeated comments as president that DACA would be illegal — before Mr. Obama reversed himself ahead of the 2012 election, as he was seeking Hispanic votes.

    Adding to the irony is that the chief plaintiff in the case against Mr. Trump is University of California President Janet Napolitano, who created the DACA program when she was Homeland Security secretary.

    For now, Judge Alsup’s ruling remains in place. He ordered Homeland Security to restart DACA applications for the 690,000 people already protected by the program, saying they can apply for two-year renewals.

    The government announced Saturday it would begin accepting those applications, even as it fights in court to cut the program off again.

    Congress, meanwhile, is trying to come up with a more permanent solution for Dreamers, reaching for an agreement that would grant them citizenship rights in exchange for improvements to border security and other immigration policy.


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    The God-Emperor Trump: ‘I’d love to see a shutdown’ unless Dems fix immigration

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
    - Tuesday, February 6, 2018


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    President Trump said Tuesday that he would “love to see a shutdown” over immigration if Democrats don’t come to the table to negotiate on border security and other stiff enforcement measures, escalating the stakes with less than four weeks to go before a deadline for action.

    “If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don’t want safety … let’s shut it down,” the president said at a White House roundtable discussion on MS-13 gang violence and illegal immigration.

    The tough talk seemed to upend congressional Republicans’ carefully crafted strategy of avoiding shutdown threats, hoping to pin blame on Democrats if the government did tumble into another stoppage.

    Rep. Barbara Comstock, a Virginia Republican who represents a number of federal employees, told Mr. Trump that she thought lawmakers could reach an immigration deal without resorting to the worst-case scenario.

    “We don’t need a government shutdown on this,” she said.

    Mr. Trump was insistent, however: “You can say what you want. We are not getting support of the Democrats.”

    The White House said Mr. Trump isn’t cheerleading for a shutdown and hopes the government keeps running, contingent on a Democratic agreement to a two-year budget and to laws cracking down on illegal immigration as part of a deal to legalize immigrant Dreamers.

    It’s not clear what shutdown Mr. Trump envisions.

    A government funding deadline is looming this week, but Democrats agreed to decouple that from the immigration talks.

    Meanwhile, the deadline Mr. Trump set for dealing with Dreamers is March 5, which is when his phaseout of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deportation amnesty fully kicks in. But no government funding or debt deadline is tied to March 5.

    “We are not advocating for the shutdown,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “The president’s encouraging people to do their jobs.”

    Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said Mr. Trump’s own words belie that.

    “We had a Trump shutdown. Nobody wants another, maybe except him,” Mr. Schumer said.

    The Senate is slated to begin an immigration debate over the next week — though it’s unclear what a bill would look like.

    On Tuesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, wasn’t certain what bill he would even bring to the floor to use as a basis for the debate.

    “There’s no secret plan here to try to push this in any direction,” Mr. McConnell said.

    He later added, “We just don’t know where 60 votes are for any particular proposal, and so we’re going to find out.”

    House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said he won’t take up a bill that doesn’t have Mr. Trump’s backing.

    Republicans said they have been waiting for Democrats to make a counteroffer to Mr. Trump’s four-prong plan to enact a generous amnesty for 1.8 million illegal immigrant Dreamers in exchange for major policy changes including a border wall and more authority to speed deportations, an end to the visa lottery and limits to the chain of family migration.

    Democrats say Mr. Trump’s plan is a nonstarter. They want a “clean” vote on granting citizenship to as many as 3 million illegal immigrants.

    The shutdown talk overshadowed Mr. Trump’s efforts to draw attention to the threat of MS-13, a gang that acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan said is stocked by illegal immigrant “savages.”

    “MS-13 can simply replenish its jail population by sending more and more members across our borders,” Mr. Cronan said.

    The administration argues that the pipeline relies heavily on the flow of illegal immigrant minors who have surged across the border over the past five years, taxing the ability of the Homeland Security Department to deal with them.

    “When they come to our border, I have to let them in,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at the White House roundtable.

    “This is unique to our country, and it’s got to change,” Mr. Trump said.

    Immigrant rights advocates don’t defend the gangs but say Mr. Trump is giving immigrants an unfair rap by pointing to MS-13 as part of the debate.

    The Democratic National Committee called Mr. Trump’s remarks an attempt to “fearmonger,” saying he was “falsely [conflating] MS-13 gang members with undocumented immigrants.”

    Data from a major anti-gang operation last year, though, suggested a link.

    A series of raids dubbed Operation Raging Bull netted 214 MS-13 gang members in California. Of those arrested, 193 were illegal immigrants and 60 had entered the country as unaccompanied minors, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    American citizens accounted for just 16 of the gang members, and five were foreign nationals with legal residency in the U.S.

    Angel Melendez, special agent in charge in Homeland Security Investigations’ New York office, said a stunning 30 percent of MS-13 members arrested in recent anti-gang operations came to the U.S. as part of the surge of unaccompanied alien children that overwhelmed the Obama administration in its final years in office.

    Of 40,810 unaccompanied alien children who arrived in the U.S. and were granted initial entry in 2017, more than half were males ages 13 to 17 from the Central American countries that serve as the source for MS-13, Mr. Melendez said.

    He said not all of unaccompanied children are gang members, but MS-13 is “looking at these 20k AUC that came into the United States as potential recruits to refill their ranks.”

    • Dave Boyer and S.A. Miller contributed to this article.

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    Trump vs. California feud escalates to all-out warfare

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
    - Wednesday, February 28, 2018


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    The Trump administration’s simmering feud with California has turned into all-out warfare over immigration after Oakland’s mayor warned illegal immigrants this week of looming sweeps — leading Homeland Security’s deportation chief to accuse her of endangering her city and his officers.

    Analysts said there was no comparison in recent memory for the sort of bad blood that’s developed between President Trump and California’s leaders, who have legislated, sued, tweeted and used just about every other tool at their disposal to try to stymie the administration.

    Things grew particularly tense this week with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s warning to her city’s illegal immigrants that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was conducting a major operation in the Bay Area.

    ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan compared her to a gang snitch on the lookout for police, and said more than 800 criminal migrants escaped the sweep — some of them almost certainly alerted by Ms. Schaaf’s warning.

    “This is beyond the pale,” Mr. Homan said on Fox News.

    California is just one of the states vying for title of chief of the anti-Trump resistance. New York is also in the running, along with Hawaii, each of which have led major lawsuits against the administration.

    But California’s resistance is broader and deeper, including a statewide sanctuary law that took effect Jan. 1, and lawsuits against Mr. Trump’s sanctuary-city crackdown, his border wall plans and his phase-out of the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty.

    In the early rounds of the legal battle, California has scored victories on DACA and sanctuary policy, while the president won the first skirmish over the border wall this week.

    That loss prompted state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to fire back, calling the wall “medieval” and promising to “do what is necessary” to stop construction.

    Mr. Becerra also backed up Ms. Schaaf in her battle with ICE, saying on Twitter that the law enforcement agency had crossed lines.

    “It’s becoming sadly clearer that #ICE is losing its focus on #immigration enforcement: rather than focus on people who are dangerous criminals, we hear ICE may be terrorizing communities, including family members who are citizens,” said Mr. Becerra, a Democrat and former member of Congress.

    The president has gotten personally involved in the fight.

    Last week, while talking with officials about ways to combat gun violence in the wake of the Florida school shooting, Mr. Trump singled out California as doing a “lousy management job” in fighting crime.

    He threatened to pull federal law enforcement from the state — specifically mentioning ICE personnel and Border Patrol agents. He said he’s “thinking about doing it.”

    “You would see crime like nobody has ever seen crime in this country. And yet we get no help from the state of California,” he said. “They have the highest taxes in the nation. And they don’t know what’s happening out there. Frankly it’s a disgrace.”

    On Wednesday, the president took to Twitter to say he was suspending parts of the border wall that California wants built until the full wall is approved. He did not elaborate on that threat.

    His own administration seemed unsure of what to make of the new orders, and said as far as they know nothing has changed.

    “ICE is continuing operations,” said Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton.

    Mr. Houlton also said new fence construction in Calexico, California, is proceeding.

    “The funding has already been put in place so that’s a congressional thing,” he said.

    Federal immigration agents also scoffed at the idea they could be pulled out of the state, and questioned the wisdom of the president’s threats.

    The Trump-California feud could come to a head in mid-March, when the president is scheduled to travel to San Diego to look at the eight prototypes that were built as part of a contest to design the border wall of the future.

    Mr. Trump in the past has said he would pick the winner, though Homeland Security officials on Wednesday refused to say whether that was still the plan.

    “The selection of the border wall prototypes will be going through the normal course of the procurement process,” assistant secretary Jonathan Hoffman said.

    Some conservative states regularly battled President Obama, with Texas leading the way in suing to stop his immigration and environmental policies. Arizona, meanwhile, took the lead on legislation, passing laws that attempted to crack down on illegal immigration.

    Those laws were largely blocked by the Supreme Court.

    Mark Krikorian, executive director at the Center for Immigration Studies, said the difference was Arizona was trying to push a reluctant Obama administration to fully enforce federal laws. California, he said, is attempting to thwart an administration that is finally determined to carry out those laws.

    “We haven’t seen this kind of animosity between a state the federal government since 1865,” he said.

    He doubted either side will give in, and said an escalationis more likely.

    “I think what will turn the dial up to 11 on this is if and when a city or state official is criminally prosecuted either for obstruction of justice or harboring illegal aliens,” he said.

    Mr. Homan has already set the stage for that move. He suggested last year that officials from sanctuary cities could face federal charges. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Neilsen told Congress last month that she’s officially asked the Justice Department to look into that move.

    A senior administration official this week declined to comment on that possibility.

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    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Immigration judges generally cannot consider domestic and gang violence as grounds for asylum, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday in a ruling that could affect large numbers of Central Americans who have increasingly turned to the United States for protection.

    "Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-government actors will not qualify for asylum," Sessions wrote in 31-page decision. "The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes — such as domestic violence or gang violence — or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim."

    The widely expected move overruled a Board of Immigration Appeals decision in 2016 that gave asylum status to a woman from El Salvador who fled her husband. Sessions reopened the case for his review in March.

    Sessions took aim at one of five categories to qualify for asylum - persecution for membership in a social group - calling it "inherently ambiguous." The other categories are for race, religion, nationality and political affiliation.

    Domestic violence is a "particularly difficult crime to prevent and prosecute, even in the United States," Sessions wrote, but its prevalence in El Salvador doesn't mean that its government was unwilling or unable to protect victims any less so than the United States.

    Dan Kowalski, editor of Bender's Immigration Bulletin, said the decision, subject to appeal in federal appeals court, could affect tens of thousands of people claiming asylum on grounds of domestic violence.

    The decision came hours after Sessions' latest criticism on the asylum system, which he and other administration officials consider rife with abuse. The cases can take years to resolve in backlogged immigration courts that Sessions oversees and applicants often are released on bond in the meantime.

    "Saying a few simple words — claiming a fear of return — is now transforming a straightforward arrest for illegal entry and immediate return into a prolonged legal process, where an alien may be released from custody into the United States and possibly never show up for an immigration hearing," Sessions said at a training event for immigration judges. "This is a large part of what has been accurately called 'catch and release.'"

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.

    It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision.

    The order does not end the "zero-tolerance" policy that criminally prosecutes all adults caught crossing the border illegally. But, at least for the next few weeks, it would keep families together while they are in custody, expedite their cases and ask the Defense Department to help house them. It also doesn't change anything yet for the some 2,300 children taken from their families since the policy was put into place.

    The news in recent days has been dominated by searing images of children held in cages at border facilities, as well as audio recordings of young children crying for their parents — images that have sparked fury, questions of morality and concern from Republicans about a negative impact on their races in November's midterm elections.

    Until Wednesday, the president, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other officials had repeatedly argued the only way to end the practice was for Congress to pass new legislation, while Democrats said Trump could do it with his signature alone. That's just what he did.

    "We're going to have strong, very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together," said Trump, who added that he didn't like the "sight" or "feeling" of children separated from their parents.

    Under a previous class-action settlement that set policies for the treatment and release of minors caught at the border, families can only be detained for 20 days. A senior Justice Department official said that hasn't changed.

    "This is a stopgap measure," said Gene Hamilton, counsel to the attorney general. Justice lawyers were planning to file a challenge to the agreement, known as the Flores settlement, asking that a judge allow for the detention of families until criminal and removal proceedings are completed.

    So Trump's order is likely to create a fresh set of problems and may well spark a new court fight. It's unclear what happens if no changes to law or the settlement take place by the time families reach the detainment deadline. The language also leaves room to separate children from parents if it's best for the child's welfare.

    And it didn't do much for the teeming outrage over the issue. The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center said the order didn't go nearly far enough.

    "The administration still plans to criminalize families — including children — by holding them in prison-like detention facilities. There are workable alternatives," president Richard Cohen said in a statement.

    It's also unclear what will happen to the children already separated. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said his department will start reuniting detained immigrant children with their parents — but he made no specific commitment on how quickly that can be accomplished. And officials said the cases of the children already separated and turned over to their custody would proceed as usual.

    Trump's family apparently played a role in his turnaround.

    A White House official said first lady Melania Trump had been making her opinion known to the president for some time that she felt he needed to do all he could to help families stay together, whether by working with Congress or acting on his own.

    And daughter Ivanka Trump tweeted, "Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border."

    Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday, and those on the fence over pending immigration legislation headed to the White House to meet with Trump. Assessments for possible detention facilities at military bases have already been done in Texas and another is expected in Arkansas on Thursday.

    Two people close to Nielsen said she was the driving force behind the turnabout that led to the new order keeping families together. Those people were not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity.

    One of them said Nielsen, who had become the face of the administration's policy, had little faith that Congress would act to fix the separation issue and felt compelled to act. She was heckled at a restaurant Tuesday evening and has faced protesters at her home.

    Trump had tweeted early Wednesday, before issuing his order: "It's the Democrats fault, they won't give us the votes needed to pass good immigration legislation. They want open borders, which breeds horrible crime. Republicans want security. But I am working on something - it never ends!"

    The "zero tolerance" policy put into place last month moves adults to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and sends many children to facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services.

    The policy had led to a spike in family separations in recent weeks, with more than 2,300 minors separated from their families at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to Homeland Security.

    The Flores settlement, named for a teenage girl who brought the case in the 1980s, requires the government to release children from custody and to their parents, adult relatives or other caretakers, in order of preference. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for a child who arrived without parents.

    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."

    He said he was looking into whether the court could block deportation of parents until they have been reunited with their children, and whether it could force the Trump administration to reunite those separated.

    In 2015, a federal judge in Los Angeles expanded the terms of the settlement, ruling that it applies to children who are caught with their parents as well as to those who come to the U.S. alone. Other recent rulings, upheld on appeal, affirm the children's rights to a bond hearing and require better conditions at the Border Patrol's short-term holding facilities.

    In 2016, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that child migrants who came to the border with parents and were held in custody must be released. The decision did not state parents must be released. Neither, though, did it require parents to be kept in detention, apart from their children.


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