The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a government agency that apprehends illegal immigrants, told Hindustan Times: "Based on information obtained by the US Border Patrol at the time of apprehension, it appears that seven detainees now housed at Sheridan may have been separated from family members". Schumer alleged that this crisis was wilfully and purposefully created by Trump through his zero tolerance policy at the border.
Federal officials gave differing accounts Wednesday about the fate of children already separated from their parents.
Nothing in the executive order stops the government from releasing the whole family, Reid says, but under Attorney General Jeff Sessions' zero-tolerance policy, which states that the US will prosecute all who cross the border illegally, releasing the family is unlikely.
The turmoil among Republicans over the bill, hardened in recent days by heart-wrenching images from the crisis at the border - with families separated and young immigrants kept in fenced holding areas - showcased the limits of a go-it-alone GOP immigration strategy.
Videos of youngsters in cages and an audiotape of wailing children have sparked anger in the United States from groups ranging from clergy to influential business leaders, as well as condemnation from overseas. "We are keeping families together", he said.
"We will keep families together, but the border is going to be just as tough", he said.
"It's very important. I'll be signing something in a little while that's going to do that".
The policy and its upshot stirred some of the most hostile reaction yet of any Trump initiative. And it was the fault of Congress rather than Trump.
While the establishment media and Democrats have focused primarily on this tiny sample of child border crossers taken from the adults they traveled across the border with, the number of American children who have been separated from their parents is vastly higher. They always meant to press immigration as a major topic in many 2018 contests, and the public's furor at the separation of families only validated that approach. Even that decision was made last minute; moments before he called off the event, White House cooks were still busy grilling steaks in preparation for the event. Cory Booker told The Associated Press in an interview. However, at the 20-day mark, under the Flores consent decree, the department will have to release the children from custody. Any attempt by the government to modify the agreement would likely face opposition from the lawyers who negotiated it, according to representatives of immigrant rights organizations.
President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order that allows the administration to continue to protect the border with zero-tolerance policy, while also avoiding the separation of illegal alien families, as far as possible under the law.
Two people close to Nielsen said she was the driving force behind the turnabout that led to the new order keeping families together.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio welcomed the executive order.
"We do not want children taken away from their parents".
"Indefinite family detention is not a solution to the problem".
Under the administration's policy, all unlawful crossings are referred for prosecution - a process that 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.
Nearly 2,000 immigrant children were forcibly separated from their parents between April 19 and May 31 following arrests involving illegal entry into the United States, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Now the fight will probably move to the courts, with legal challenges to the administration's decision to hold detained families together while their immigration status is adjudicated.
The order instructs federal agencies - notably the Defense Department - to prepare facilities to house the potentially thousands of families who will be detained.
Republican congressional offices had been deluged with calls and emails from incensed constituents and lawmakers facing protests back home.
Congress is still struggling to resolve myriad issues, including the fate of unauthorized immigrants brought into the country as children, as well as Trump's demand for $25 billion to build a wall along the southwestern border, with the House facing a series of hard votes Thursday on the immigration question.
Whether the bill passes will be up to some of Trump's closest conservative allies in Congress, a direct reflection of whether members believe they can trust him to spend his own political capital and shield them from any backlash they may face from the base.