What's changed after Trump's immigration order: For families, the military and Congress

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US President Donald Trump displays an executive order on immigration policy after signing it in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, US, on June 20, 2018.

The president directed Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to maintain custody of detained families during criminal proceedings and as their asylum claims are adjudicated.

And the American Civil Liberties Union said the Trump administration "has made it clear" that it will "keep attacking immigrants" - effectively rejecting the executive order.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said after touring the center Wednesday that among the children was a 9-year-old boy from Honduras who had been sent 2,000 miles to the facility on a bus after being stopped trying to enter the USA with his family.

Democrats said the images of children being held in cages in border facilities, some crying for their parents, would be a moment remembered in US history. "He's not a monster as he's being framed by the media and by the left", said Trandem, who was a delegate at the 2016 Republican convention where Trump clinched the nomination for president. That's just what he did.

Liberal advocacy group Southern Poverty Law Center said Trump's order to reverse the policy of family separations doesn't go far enough.

In a day of confusion and conflicting reports, the Trump administration began drawing up plans to house as many as 20,000 migrants on USA military bases.

The president had, for most part, struck a defiant note as he tried to use the plight of the children to force congress to pass a broader law enhancing border security, curbing family based immigration.

So Trump's order is likely to create a fresh set of problems and may well spark a new court fight. None of them were accompanied by minors or family members.

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And the separation from their parents is traumatic enough to be likened to torture . "All I wanted to do was pick her up". Church groups and human rights advocates have sharply criticised the policy , calling it inhumane.

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"This executive order in no way deals with reuniting the (asterisk) two thousand three hundred (asterisk) children who have been torn away from their parents and remain separated", she wrote on Twitter.

And it didn't do much for the teeming outrage over the issue. Many of them are younger than age 5, and some are so young they have not yet learned to talk.

An audio recording was also leaked of immigrant children crying and begging for their parents as they are mocked by what are believed to be immigration enforcement officials. "Instead of protecting traumatised children, the President has directed his Attorney General to pave the way for the long-term incarceration of families in prison-like conditions", said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the department's Administration for Children and Families, says their cases will proceed through the system.

Trump's family apparently played a role in his turnaround.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a government agency that apprehends illegal immigrants, told Hindustan Times: "Based on information obtained by the US Border Patrol at the time of apprehension, it appears that seven detainees now housed at Sheridan may have been separated from family members".

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that the chamber will vote on immigration legislation on Thursday that would end family separations, but the chances of its passing are unclear. Those people were not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity. If the new policy is rejected by the courts, which the administration acknowledges is a possibility, the debate could move back to square one. On Monday evening, she faced protesters at her home.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, warned that Democrats risk voter backlash if they oppose GOP efforts to address the problem in Congress. He called them "extremist open-border Democrats". Hamilton also voiced support for legislation that would allow for prolonged detention of children alongside their parents. But officials gave differing accounts as to whether those beds would be for children or for entire families. If those options are exhausted, authorities must find the "least restrictive" setting for a child who arrived without parents.

It also suggests the government intends to hold the families indefinitely by challenging an existing statute, the 1997 Flores Settlement, that places a 20-day limit on how long children, along or with their parents, can be detained.

But facing a political firestorm, President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending the practice of breaking apart immigrant families. Other recent rulings, upheld on appeal, affirm the children's rights to a bond hearing and require better conditions at the Border Patrol's short-term holding facilities.

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