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To hold together President Trump signs executive order families; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports from Washington.
The Department of Health and Human Services, returned late on Wednesday by an official statement that more than 2,000 immigrant children separated from their parents on the US-Mexican border would not be reunited with their families immediately, in spite of the President Trump’s executive order aims to keep families together.
Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the Department of health and Human Services [HHS] of the ” administration for children and families [ACF], initially told reporters the would cases, children go through the system as usual.
“It’s not a continuance of the previous cases, it is said,” Wolfe, according to The New York Times.
Hours later, the ACF spokesman, Brian Marriott, said: “ACF spokesman misspoke earlier about the Executive Order, the today by the President. It is still very early and we are waiting for further clues to the role.”
Wolfe’s language is characterized hours after President Trump, to reverse the separation of the policy, after days of public outrage. The order of the government “zero-tolerance preserves” policy towards illegal cross-border workers, aims to keep families together while they are in custody. But there is also a new legal headache for the administration over a 21-year-old class action settlement-known as the Flores settlement, — require that families may be detained only for 20 days.
Justice Department lawyers were planning to challenge the agreement, questions that allow a judge, are completed for the detention of families, to criminal and removal proceedings.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar told Fox News’ “Special Report” before the families can be reunited, “we’re going to have to see how the implementation of the executive order.
“The Department of Homeland Security is working with the court and ensure that you are able to keep these families as an integrated unit in the prisons said to your criminal prosecution of parents and/or the deportation of the whole family for a violation of our immigration laws,” Azar.
The policy put in place by Trump administration in the last month adults moved into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and send many children to facilities run by HHS. The children were then turned over to HHS would be within 72 hours and categorized as unaccompanied minors, which will eventually be placed with the sponsors.
Azar told Fox News on Wednesday that it “takes about 58 days” for HHS instead of the children with the sponsors.
Peter Schey, class-a public defender in the Flores case, told The Associated Press on Wednesday there was nothing in the agreement to prevent Homeland Security officials from the detention of 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 themselves or others, or the child, the parents, the child shall be released.”
He said he was on the search, whether the court could block the Deportation of the parents to force their children together, and whether it is the trump management could unite, and these are separated.
“The Department of Homeland Security will do whatever is possible to keep illegal border crossers, while the families keep together, as long as the law allows. The only solution is to approve for the Congress of detention and immediate removal for illegal families and minors,” DHS spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton told Fox News.
Fox News’ Bret contributed Baier, brown, Jake Gibson and The Associated Press to this report.