Family immigration detention centers could be at capacity within days

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A spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, Kenneth Wolfe, told The New York Times that detained children won't be joining their detained parents soon.

Also playing a role in his turnaround: First lady Melania Trump.

Following the Trump administration's family separations, it appears that more children are suicidal.

The president made the dramatic u-turn Wednesday afternoon amid a growing outcry over distraught children being separated from their families and put in detention centers. Pope Francis Wednesday condemned the Trump family separation policy as "immoral" and "contrary to our Catholic values" while British Prime Minister Theresa May called it "deeply disturbing" and "wrong". "One of our children said he wanted to break the window to jump out and end this nightmare".

The executive order states that immigrant families will be detained together, except in cases where there are concerns about the child's welfare, but it is unclear for how long.

The domestic U.S. backlash to the policy has been echoed overseas.

Even if the president succeeds in stopping those heart-rending scenes of agonized children, the larger crisis won't end until leaders on both sides start taking political risks to find a compromise solution. Ryan has stated he does not support separation of families. "Prison is no place for kids".

"There are now 239 children right here as a result of the Trump administration's family separation policy", he said.

They don't care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like (criminal gang) MS-13.

The average stay in custody for an unaccompanied minor is 57 days.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement-run centers have a capacity of 3,335 beds.

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The president's daughter offered thanks to Trump on Twitter after he signed the executive order.

What does the executive order say? As of June 4, the total population of the facilities was around 2,600.

The executive order directed government lawyers to seek a modification of the Flores settlement, a consent decree from 1997 that bars the federal government from holding children in immigrant detention for more than 20 days. The president will instruct the Department of Justice to challenge that decree and not abide by it while it is being challenged, a source told ABC Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl.

It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision.

He referred questions about family reunification to HHS and DHS.

"If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you", he said.

"Of course we don't want families to be separated".

In fiscal year 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security saw 46 cases of children being used fraudulently by adults crossing illegally.

The action came after a firestorm of protest from administration opponents and allies, reacting to pictures and sounds of young children traumatized by their separation from their parents at the hands of USA authorities. "Obviously, this is not the way we do things in Canada". But the past two administrations did separate families when they prosecuted an adult.

Photographs of children warehoused in cages and tapes of them sobbing have provoked widespread outrage in recent weeks.

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