New Poll: Despite Partisan Divides on Immigration, Americans Oppose Family Separation

Homeland Security Can't Force Asylum Seekers to Wait in Mexico, Judge Rules

US judge orders halt to Trump asylum policy

The White House will appeal a court ruling blocking a Trump administration policy requiring some asylum seekers to return to Mexico and wait for their legal cases to go on.

At roundtable in Texas, President Trump laments that USA troops at the border can't get "a little rough", because "everybody would go insane ... can't act like they would normally act - or like, let's say, another military from another country would act".

"President Obama separated the children", Trump said.

Miller was also behind withdrawal of the nomination of acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Ronald Vitiello to lead ICE-a move taken so that the White House could take the agency in a "tougher direction", Politico reported.

More undocumented immigrants and migrants were apprehended along the southern border in March than any month since 2008, according to Customs and Border Protection data released Tuesday.

The president's statements to reporters in the Oval Office came after Trump forced out top officials at the Homeland Security Department, including Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, out of frustration that more wasn't being done to curb record-setting migration of families from Central America. "They had child separation; I was the one that changed it".

During a visit to Calexico, California last Friday, President Donald Trump reportedly told Border Patrol agents to defy USA law and refuse to allow migrants into the country.

Mexico's foreign minister on Wednesday criticised hold-ups in the flow of goods and people at the U.S-Mexico border, and said he planned to discuss the matter with U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials later in the day.

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A senior administration official also said they want more emphasis on deporting fugitives who have been ordered removed but refuse to go. During her time as Homeland Security secretary, she oversaw widely condemned policies including the forcible separation of families and the caging of children at the southern border. When immigrants travel in caravans to reach the United States and seek asylum - a safer method compared to relying on smugglers - Trump whips up fear about the caravans and declares them an invading force.

Images of cages with children inside that spread on social media previous year indeed were from the Obama administration.

The administration got another taste of that this week when a federal judge in California ruled against one of the president's unilateral actions, the "remain in Mexico" policy for Central American asylum-seekers.

In contrast, the Trump administration enacted a "zero-tolerance" approach in April 2018 that called for stepped-up prosecutions of any adult crossing the border illegally, even without evidence of a serious crime. The advocates say the Trump administration is exaggerating the threat to children.

Trump and Shanahan did not say how many more troops might be sent to the border.

TRUMP on family separations: "President Obama had the law".

The 2019 numbers are still well below the early years of this century, when apprehensions routinely topped 1 million a year, but they mark a sharp turnaround from years of decline.

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