President Donald Trump is fueling uncertainty about an already shaky House GOP immigration overhaul, questioning "the objective of the House doing good immigration bills when you need nine votes by Democrats in the Senate".
A bus used to transport immigrants to the Federal Courthouse is directed by security, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in McAllen, Texas.
Images and recordings of wailing children detained in cage-like enclosures have ignited global outrage, and Melania Trump herself had called for a political compromise to end the separations.
Despite the reversal, the children already separated will not be enjoying the privilege, though the administration might be pressed to look into the matter.
Kevin Appleby, a senior director at the Center for Migration Studies, said "it is outrageous that the president is pushing for the criminal detention of innocent children as a solution to his own evil act..."
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But Democrats - who rallied against the family separations by bringing children from immigrant communities to the House floor earlier Wednesday to put a face on the crisis - were not satisfied by the executive order. Trump told House Republicans on Tuesday night he would support either of the immigration bills under consideration but did not give a preference.
In fact, airlines operating in America, including United and Frontier airlines, have protested against the Trump administration's family separation policy by deciding not to fly the separated immigrant children at the border. "We do want people going across our border, going through our points of entry, but we want people to come in through merit. not just through luck or happen stance".
The Republican-controlled House earlier on Thursday defeated another, more conservative immigration bill created to significantly reduce visas for legal immigration to the United States and to temporarily protect from deportation young "Dreamers" brought to the country illegally as children. Spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said there had been no change to the "zero tolerance" policy. "There was a huge backlash on this policy, and I think it got to the point where you didn't have a choice, he took it back, accepted the fact that he was responsible for it". House Republican leaders are still trying to build support for one negotiated among conservative and moderate factions of the GOP, although the measure is unlikely to pick up much, if any, Democratic support.
The House of Representatives planned to vote on Thursday on two bills created to halt the practice of separating families and to address other immigration issues.
"This isn't over. Thousands of kids have been ripped from their parents with no plan to reunite them".