Families separated at the US border will not be reunited immediately

Families separated at the US border will not be reunited immediately

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The executive order signed by Donald Trump to reunite the families of irregular immigrants separated at the border is difficult to apply and even “illegal” for some specialists.

The assessments that different institutions and specialists make of the executive order signed by Donald Trump so that migrant families detained in the southern border of the United States are not separated are contradictory. Although countries such as Mexico and Guatemala welcome the measure, many doubt that it will be really effective. Some analysts even considered it “illegal”.

“Yes, it’s legal, it’s clearly legal,” a counselor with the Attorney General’s Office, Gene Hamilton, told a press conference. “The president has made a bold decision, but only Congress can address this problem, we ask him to act quickly,” he said. The adviser explained that these measures are intended to save time until Congress adopts a resolution: “Congress has to act, can fix this situation tomorrow,” he warned, referring to the two immigration initiatives that are scheduled to be voted on tomorrow. the low camera.

Trump’s executive order may violate the Flores agreement of 1997, which was reached by the government of the then president, Bill Clinton, with two humanitarian organizations and establishes that unaccompanied minors detained at the border can only be deprived of liberty for 20 days . Barack Obama skipped the compact in the massive arrival of minors in 2014, but two years later a federal judge in California ruled against that policy and established that the limit of 20 days of arrest for children and their adult companions. Later, an appellate court decided to apply it only to children.

Kenneth Wolfe, spokesman for the Administration for Children and Families of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), explained that more than 2,300 children separated from their families could not meet with them immediately. Children separated from their families are handed over to HHS in 72 hours, categorized as unaccompanied minors and eventually handed over to relatives. Officials said they are already working to reunite families as soon as possible, but they do not know exactly how or when.

Wolfe also explained that his department is paying up to $ 775 a day per child for his lodging, but that those in permanent stores are only $ 256 a day. The agency is currently responsible for 11,800 underage immigrants, of whom four fifths arrived without parental support. Even the Pentagon has offered to help by providing accommodation on its bases for irregular immigrants if required by the Department of Security.

The US secret services investigate as a threat against the president a tweet from actor Peter Fonda (famous for his role in the movie ‘Easy Rider’) in which he said: “We should rip Barron Trump from the arms of his mother and put him in a cage with pedophiles. ” Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for the first lady, said the tweet “was nauseating and irresponsible” and that the agency “has been notified.” Peter, son of Henry Fonda, canceled the interviews he had planned for the premiere of the movie ‘Boundaries’, citing an “indisposition”.

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