Confusion swirls on border after President Trump’s reversal on families

Angelo Anderson
June 23, 2018

"Game over", said Representative Mark Sanford, a Republican critic of Trump who came under withering attack from the president before losing his primary race this month. You never hear this side.

While prosecutors said they were not dismissing any cases, some hearings on Thursday did not proceed as scheduled.

MSNBC returned to its continuing coverage of the family separation issue under the banner "families torn apart".

President Donald Trump hosted families who lost loved ones to crimes committed by illegal immigrants.

One by one, mothers and fathers took turns at the podium, invited by the president to share their stories.

"Josh was brutally tortured, strangled over and over, set on fire after death". "After today's important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn't going to choose to focus on her wardrobe". He said VOICE, launched a year ago by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was set up to help victims receive information on their perpetrators.

White did not give further details and it was not clear how numerous children who could be sent to the bases are already being detained at other facilities.

President Donald Trump on Friday blasted Democrats for pushing "phony stories of sadness and grief" surrounding the administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy in order to help them in the midterm elections.


The group has been interviewing migrants each morning at the McAllen courthouse and entering information into a database to help keep track of parents and children held in different facilities, sometimes scattered around the country.

Upon announcing the Trump administration policy, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSessions says Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance Grassley wants to subpoena Comey, Lynch after critical IG report Sessions: "We never really intended" to separate families MORE said the practice was meant to help deter illegal immigration.

Mr. Trump said the objective of the event was to remember those who are "victims of illegal immigration".

It was the administration's policy of zero tolerance - announced in April - that led to blanket prosecutions, including of adults traveling with children. Earlier this week, after increasing national and worldwide outrage over his placing babies and children in internment camps and cages, Trump paused his policy of separating migrant children from their undocumented parents.

But even after the president's order, confusion remained as to what would happen to the already separated families and how exactly families crossing the border illegally would be treated moving forward.

He was quickly gaveled by the presiding officer, Rep. Karen Handel, R-Ga., who told him to stop playing the audio because it was against House rules. Friday's event, portions of which were carried live by all three major cable news networks, seemed an effort at redirecting the media's attention.

Wilkerson said when she wants to see her son, "we go to the cemetery". "We will secure our borders ... the word will get out".

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