U.S. border agents halt migrant family prosecutions

Protestors walk north on south Virginia street after demonstrating outside the Peppermill Resort Casino in Reno Nev, during Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks on immigration to NASRO a School Safety Conference Monday

U.S. border agents halt migrant family prosecutions

"But we can't forget: The lives of real people hang in the balance".

The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington, is brought by the attorneys general of California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington state.

"I'm here to learn about your facility", Trump said Thursday afternoon, telling the people who run the McAllen facility that she wanted to know how she could "help these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible". Parents who remain split from their children must be reunified with them within 30 days or, in the case of children under the age of 5, within two weeks.

A week after her peculiar fashion statement distracted attention from her visit to a Texas facility where migrant children are detained, Melania Trump is planning a second trip to the border.

And in another sign of a loosening of the "zero tolerance" policy, last week the federal public defender for the Western District of Texas said in an email that the USA attorney's office would dismiss cases where migrant parents arrived illegally with children.

Voters also trust Democrats more than Republicans when it comes to immigration.

The attorneys general are seeking a court order halting the separation process and forcing the government to reunite families.

In the meantime families will be released and ordered to return later for a court date because Immigration and Customs Enforcement lacks necessary detention space for families. The states also want to bar the Trump administration from deporting parents without their kids or conditioning reunification on an agreement to not seek asylum.

That accord, known as the Flores agreement, says children can not be held for longer than 20 days, among other restrictions.

So ... no. Trump's executive order didn't end, or even seriously effect family separations. It's the first legal challenge by states over the practice. While the CBP chief said that the administration's "zero tolerance" policy is still in place, authorities have to figure out how to resume prosecutions without separating children from their parents.

Bill Nelson should have been able to "interact" with immigrant children in Homestead but not interview them, a Trump administration official said Tuesday.

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